Located on the banks of the Yukon River, 50 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Circle City was the largest gold mining town on the Yukon River, before the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 created Dawson City, YT. The town began as a supply point to the new gold diggings on Birch Creek in 1893, and grew as a hub for Interior gold camps.
The town was named Circle City because the early miners thought it was located on the Arctic Circle. Today, Circle serves a small local population and visitors coming in by highway or by river. Circle School (Pre-K through 12) has 26 students and 2 teachers. A large hotel in Circle remains unfinished; current status unknown. There’s a lot of summer river traffic here. Inquire locally about guided river trips and air service.
Gas, diesel, groceries, snacks and sundries are available at the H.C. Company Store. This store is the only place in town with food for sale: there were no restaurants or coffee shops in Circle, summer 2017.
Free camping available at unmaintained parking area alongside the Yukon River.
- The old Pioneer Cemetery, with its markers dating back to the 1800s, is an interesting spot to visit.
- Dip your toes in the Yukon, Alaska’s largest river. The 2,000-mile river heads in Canada and flows west into Norton Sound on the Bering Sea.