Snake River Bridge

The Snake River has a relatively short drainage that flows
 out of the south side of the 
Kigluaik Mountains. The bridge 
crossing is typical of the wide,
vegetated valley with tall, 
dense willows growing along 
the banks of a narrow, swift-
flowing river.

Moose Viewing

The broad riparian
habitat supports some of the 
highest densities of moose
 along the Nome road system.

The lower river moves lazily and boaters may put in at the bridge for a short day-long float trip downstream to take-out locations close to the airport or harbor. The road is not maintained beyond the bridge in winter and is typically impassible due to deep snowdrifts. However, a walk, ski, or snowmachine ride along the Snake River valley may reveal the tracks of moose, ptarmigan, red fox, snowshoe hare, mink, river otter, and beaver in the snow.

Birding

Northern harrier hunt for songbirds and small rodents where tundra meadows meet the hillside willows. Migrating sandhill crane pass overhead in May and September. Look for Arctic tern, cliff swallow, and tree swallow around the bridge and yellow warbler and Wilson’s warbler in willow thickets nearby.

Salmon Viewing

Pink and chum salmon run upriver in late July and early August and coho salmon are found in the river from mid- to late August. Arctic grayling and Dolly Varden also are found in these waters.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 64.564309
Longitude: -165.511576