Overview of Yukon River tours
Yukon River Tours is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dinyee Corporation. Dinyee is the ANCSA village corporation for Stevens Village. The Stevens Village Council is the sole governing entity in Stevens Village and it has been the Council's long-term goal to develop local, culturally appropriate economic opportunities for village residents. As a result, the Village Council has been working with its for-profit counterpart, Dinyee Corporation, since 1989 to establish economic enterprises in the local area. The mission of Yukon River Tours is to generate an economic base for Stevens Village through the preservation and increased awareness of the Athabascan Native Culture and traditions for both visitors and community members.
Yukon River Tours offers visitors the opportunity to experience the wilderness setting of the Yukon River during the midnight sun season plus the local Koyukon Athabascan lifestyle and culture of the Native people from Stevens Village. Yukon River Tours provides a variety of river tours of the area to visitors arriving via tour bus, airplane, or private operated vehicle. At this time, the river excursion business component and a native fish camp museum on the Yukon River at the historic Woodyard Camp located 6 miles upstream from the Yukon River Bridge Crossing have been established. The Stevens village Council participates in Yukon River Tours via the ownership of the Stevens Village Cultural Center located at the Woodyard Camp or El Noo Taal Denh, spruce bough Island flat place. YRT's main river vessel is a forty-three (43) passenger river boat, the Yookene Spirit that provides tours on the Yukon River. YRT also operates a six (6) passenger river boat, the Yukon Explorer, used for specialized trips.