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    Default Yukon River, Circle exit.

    How hard is it to find the entrance to the slough that goes off to Circle?
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    Not that hard. I found it on google in just a few seconds.
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    take a good hand held GPS with EXT, Batteries , turn on every PM at camp an noon will take you right to it no FAIL, it will not take lots of BATTERIES ,
    when you get close to the spot monitor of tern , you don't need to chart the gps all the way , not many phones out there so it will be useless
    hand held GPS will work like a champ I think SID
    you will know when you get close , will also show you all the villages along the way

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    I'm assuming you're traveling downstream.... Easy to find Circle as long as you stay near the left river bank. Most important is upriver about 5 miles- the Yukon is a single channel. Make sure you know where you're at when you are in this area so you take the left channel when it splits.

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    Agree with Beav. Start staying left about 5 miles above Circle or you'll come out downstream of Circle about a mile or so.

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    I really didn't want to take a gps but I guess I will. I have the maps but of course they are old. I know to keep to the left bank. Guess the only way to know "5 miles upstream" to keep to the left bank is by gps.
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    Google or Bing maps have helped me a lot. Also, do a google search of "Alaska land ownership map." That will take you to a state website with better and more recent areal maps (sometimes) than Google or Bing. It'll give you an idea of the lay of the land and where you want to start watching for that branch of the river to the left, right about where the river leaves the hills on the right...

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    Thanks aknative. I have the topo maps from Public Lands Info Center. But that one just happens to be from 1955 lol.
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    I imagine the Alaska Gazetteer would be more recent. Print out color pages from Google or that State of Alaska website, that will help you a lot. GPS is also very helpful, but not absolutely necessary. If you study the maps you'll be able to tell when you need to start hugging the left bank in order get to the village.

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    Got some Gwich'in friends who run dogs in circle. They are good people, I shared meals of my yukon moose and my bread with them. I will tell them to do the same for u, if u have a rough idea when u will hit circle

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    Quote Originally Posted by aknative1987 View Post
    I imagine the Alaska Gazetteer would be more recent. Print out color pages from Google or that State of Alaska website, that will help you a lot. GPS is also very helpful, but not absolutely necessary. If you study the maps you'll be able to tell when you need to start hugging the left bank in order get to the village.
    Oh good idea. I have a Gazetter. I'll go look and compare.

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    Got some Gwich'in friends who run dogs in circle. They are good people, I shared meals of my yukon moose and my bread with them. I will tell them to do the same for u, if u have a rough idea when u will hit circle
    I'm leaving Aug. 1 and just taking my time. 6 days maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aknative1987 View Post
    I imagine the Alaska Gazetteer would be more recent. Print out color pages from Google or that State of Alaska website, that will help you a lot. GPS is also very helpful, but not absolutely necessary. If you study the maps you'll be able to tell when you need to start hugging the left bank in order get to the village.
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    Got some Gwich'in friends who run dogs in circle. They are good people, I shared meals of my yukon moose and my bread with them. I will tell them to do the same for u, if u have a rough idea when u will hit circle
    I have a SPOT so my ride home can watch and see approximately when to come get us.
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    When you start seeing some fish camps and blue tarps stay left, that's what we did when we came down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logman 49 View Post
    When you start seeing some fish camps and blue tarps stay left, that's what we did when we came down.
    Oh good idea. Thanks.
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    So, should I take a fishing pole or is that going to be pretty useless?
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    any clear water stream / river should have some fish an it will be fresh an good eating beats freeze dried if you are lucky you won't need a lot of stuff\
    keep it simple, grayling will be what you catch the most of, I think SID

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    Ought to be some pike too. Might could catch burbot too with a set line at your camps.

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    all depends on how much equipment you want to take with you on your trip. have a good trip, do inform us on how it went, as well as the fish you catch SID

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    Thanks. Leaving day after tomorrow.
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    I wish you luck and a great trip. I know you will enjoy it.

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