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Description - The Dalton Highway Recreation Management Area leads through the Ray Mountains, Lake Todatonten Special Management Area and the Brooks Mountain Range. The Dalton Area also includes an area set aside in 1971 to facilitate construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and provide a route for future oil and gas pipeline systems. This area usually referred to as the Utility Corridor or the Trans Alaska Pipeline Corridor bisects the Dalton Unit north to south. Running the length of this Corridor are the Dalton Highway (formerly known as the Haul Road) and the Trans Alaska Pipeline System.

With passage of the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-333), Congress directed the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw certain unappropriated and unreserved public lands adjacent to the west boundary of the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. These withdrawn lands were to be designated as a special management unit for the protection of fish, wildlife and habitat. This new area, the Lake Todatonten Special Management Area, totals approximately 37,000 acres and will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Attractions - In the southwest region of the Dalton Unit are the Ray Mountains extending 75 miles west from the Yukon River and ranging in elevation from 2,500 feet to 5,500 feet. There are numerous unique and spectacular natural features throughout the region and some are listed below

Running from east to west through the mid section of the Unit is the Brooks Mountain Range. These mountains are the northwest end of the Rocky Mountains and range in elevation from 4,000 to 9,000 feet. They extend about 600 miles from the Canadian border in the east to the Chukchi Sea in the west and form the divide between the watersheds of the Arctic coast on the north and the Yukon basin on the south. The highest peak in the Range is Mt. Michelson at 9,239 feet..

There are several natural hot springs in remote locations throughout this region. Hot Springs are thermal springs with a temperature normally above 37 degrees Celsius. In contrast to geysers, the water of hot springs flows continuously out of the ground in a non explosive way.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities on the Dalton Highway RMA include auto touring, biking, boating, viewing cultural and historical sites, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, off-highway driving, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing.

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Filed By: RUSSELL E ANE (ORANGE CITY , FL)
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Report: I APOLOGIZE FOR ASKING A QUESTION , RATHER THAN GIVE A DISCRIPTION OF MY TRIP BUT , I WOULD APPRECIATE VERY MUCH FINDING OUT " MANY MILES OF THE DALTON HIGHWAY ARE PAVED FROM FAIRBANKS ALASKA TO PRUDHOE . I CANNOT SEEM TO FIND A DEFINITE ANSWER ANYWHERE . I JUST FIND BIT AND PIECES OF INFO. COULD YOU PLEASE INFORM ME AND TO ANY NEW PAVING COMPLETED IN PAST FIVE YEARS , TOGETHER WITH TOTAL PAVED MILES FROM FAIRBANKS TO PRUDHOE BAY . THANK YOU KINDLY FOR HELP IN THIS MATTER I'M WRITING FROM FLORIDA RUSSELL E. ANEN

Filed By: Peter Afonin (Bellevue, WA)
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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Dates: June 26-28, 2003 Travelers: My 15 y/o son and I Car: Ford F150 2003 Extended cab truck The Dalton Hwy starts approximately 76 mi NW from Fairbanks from Elliott Hwy, right after the exit to Livengood. It goes north for about 417 miles to Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay). The last 5 miles before the Arctic ocean the travel is restricted, so we had to buy an oil field tour to get there. There are two service stations between the beginning of Dalton and Deadhorse - in Yukon Crossing (mile 56) and Coldfoot (mile 175). At mile 115 the highway passes tthe Arctic Circle. I think we picked a good time to travel Dalton. The weather was good: mostly sunny or mixed clouds, warm during the day (15°C - 25°C), cooler at night (7°C - 15°C). There were only couple pretty short rains. The tundra was beautiful, fishing was also good (especially at Jim River). However, next time we would probably go around the middle of August. First, there were a lot of mosquitoes. Although I saw more mosquitoes in some other places, they were really annoying. The DEET repellent ("BugOut") that we had worked pretty well, but never provided 100% protection. Another problem was that there was still a lot of snow melting on the northern slopes of the Brooks Range, so the rivers there were muddy. As a result we had a good fishing south of Atigun Pass, but no fishing at all north of Brooks Range. The number of mosquitoes starts to diminish at the beginning of August, and a fishing must be better up North. Also, we've heard that in the middle of August the blueberry season starts, and the northern blueberries are exceptionally tasty. It was not difficult to drive Dalton Highway. Part of the highway has been paved, and the gravel portion was pretty well maintained. The only pretty tough spots were the areas where the road work was conducted, but we had never got stuck there. We had to use 4WD only in a few places when we wanted to pull over to the river or lake. We had a great time on Dalton Highway and would highly recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys wilderness, fishing and the beauty of the Arctic.


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Contact Information:
Dalton Highway Recreation Management Area, 1150 University Avenue , Fairbanks, AK, 99709, Phone: 907-474-2369

Additional Information:
Alaska Recreation Management Areas -

Links:
Steese Nca/Birch Ck Nwr Recreation Management Area - Official agency website

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