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3-4 hr Kennicott Glacier Lake River Raft

3-4 hr Kennicott Glacier Lake River Raft - McCarthy, Alaska

Duration: 4 hours
Location: McCarthy, Alaska

From USD
$115.00

Experience a unique river adventure as you paddle up-close around icebergs and glaciers calving into Glacier Lake. After experiencing the grand beauty of a new landscape forming, you will paddle to the mouth of Kennicott River and raft the fun waves.

In this day raft trip, you will enjoy a fun-filled Glacier Lake & Class II-III Alaska river adventure ... More info ›

Experience a unique river adventure as you paddle up-close around icebergs and glaciers calving into Glacier Lake. After experiencing the grand beauty of a new landscape forming, you will paddle to the mouth of Kennicott River and raft the fun waves.

In this day raft trip, you will enjoy a fun-filled Glacier Lake & Class II-III Alaska river adventure. Start your trip just below the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier, where the receding ice has created a magnificent lake that has formed in the last ten years. Paddle around a landscape that has formed in the last 25 years, jump off an iceberg and watch as pieces of the glacier calve into the lake right in front of the boat. After experiencing the grand beauty of a new landscape forming, you will paddle to the mouth of the river. After a brief but thorough safety orientation, raft the fun waves of the Kennicott River as your guide expertly maneuvers around any dangers and into maximum fun!

Prior to your trip, you will be outfitted in a dry suit and helmet to safely paddle for your enjoyment.

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Upper Nizina River 6 Day Raft Trip

Upper Nizina River 6 Day Raft Trip - McCarthy, Alaska

Duration: 6 days
Location: McCarthy, Alaska

From USD
$3000.00

Float past the Mile High Cliffs on the right and the beautiful mouth of the Chitistone River on the left. The historic skeleton of the Nizina River Bridge that once connected the towns of McCarthy and May Creek looms ahead on the second day of floating, reminding us of the copper and gold booms of the past century ... More info ›

Float past the Mile High Cliffs on the right and the beautiful mouth of the Chitistone River on the left. The historic skeleton of the Nizina River Bridge that once connected the towns of McCarthy and May Creek looms ahead on the second day of floating, reminding us of the copper and gold booms of the past century. Before flooding and the rivers ever shifting coarse washed the bridge out for good, this bridge intimately connected the small towns of the Wrangell’s. Land connection severed, only by boat can you now continue downstream through the windy walls of the Nizina River Canyon and out onto the Chitina River.

We begin our trip flying out of our local airstrip in McCarthy, Alaska with a bush plane drop off next to Nizina Lake at the terminus of the mighty Nizina Glacier. We spend our first day hiking and exploring the beauty surrounding the lake and glacier as we prepare to begin our trip downstream. After enjoying a hardy breakfast, we begin our river journey negotiating the icebergs in the lake as we wind our way to the mouth of the Nizina River. Unrivaled beauty surrounds us as the river tumbles towards Chitina. Class II and III whitewater make this a ‘must do’ Alaska river adventure.


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Kennicott Glacial Lake Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Kennicott Glacial Lake Stand Up Paddle Board Tour - McCarthy, Alaska

Duration: 4 hours
Location: McCarthy, Alaska

From USD
$95.00

Looking for the best Stand-Up Paddle Board trips in Alaska? Look no further! Take an exciting 4 hour trip on the Kennicott Glacier Lake, paddle among icebergs, hike on the rocky surface of the ancient ice and watch as geology happens before your eyes. Our Glacial Lake Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour is a perfect way to get on the water, soak in the serenity, and enjoy some of the finest views that the Kennicott Valley has to offer ... More info ›

Looking for the best Stand-Up Paddle Board trips in Alaska? Look no further! Take an exciting 4 hour trip on the Kennicott Glacier Lake, paddle among icebergs, hike on the rocky surface of the ancient ice and watch as geology happens before your eyes. Our Glacial Lake Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour is a perfect way to get on the water, soak in the serenity, and enjoy some of the finest views that the Kennicott Valley has to offer. Your expert guide will provide you with expert instruction in standing, balancing and paddling one of our inflatable boards while also entertaining you on a special interpretive tour of one of the newest geographical features of our beautiful valley. As you paddle around this ever changing landscape, take a walk on the glacier itself for some very unique vistas, listen to the glacier quietly cracking and tumbling while you scout for bears and other wildlife along the shore and even sometimes on the ICE!

Take an exciting 4-hour trip on Kennicott Glacier Lake. Paddle among icebergs, hike on the rocky surface of the ancient ice, and watch as geology happens before your eyes. This tour is a perfect way to get on the water, soak in the serenity, and enjoy some of the finest views that Kennicott Valley has to offer. Your expert guide will entertain you on a special interpretive tour of one of the newest geographical features of our beautiful valley. As you paddle around this ever changing landscape, take a walk on the glacier itself for some very unique vistas. Listen to the glacier as it quietly cracks and tumbles, while you scout for bears and other wildlife along the shores and even sometimes on the ice! Your guide is versed in glaciology and loves to talk about the “giant freezer” that ends abruptly just outside of town.

You will also learn about the historic Kennecott Mines, the countless 6,000 ft+ mountains, the unbelievable mile high Stairway Ice Fall, and the towering 16,000 ft+ Mount Blackburn. Experience Alaska as if you are paddling your “SUP” in a fine art painting. For the extra adventurous, test your paddling abilities on some of the rapids that flow directly along the glacier. Otherwise, just relax and take it all in!

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Private Root Glacier Hike

Private Root Glacier Hike - McCarthy, Alaska

Duration: Flexible
Location: McCarthy, Alaska

From USD
$95.00

Join us for an exciting half day Glacier Hike adventure of the Root Glacier in Kennecott, Alaska.  Explore the Blue Pools, Moulin’s, Crevasses and rolling Ice of the Root Glacier accompanied by one of our world class guides.  Well studied in glaciology and geology, your guide will bring you on an adventure that is much more than just hiking.  The cascading alpine and glacial moonscape provide for some of the best, easily immersive flora, fauna and vistas of the Kennicott Valley.

Your glacial journey begins at our shop in “downtown” McCarthy, our guides will outfit you with a pair of crampons and a pre-trip orientation before we shuttle up to Kennecott.  From the bus depot at the beginning of the Kennecott Historic Town Site, take a trek through the historic copper town while your guide explains the buildings and history of the Worlds purest copper.  The 14 story Concentration Mill and the towering stacks of the old Powerhouse dominate the townscape, but there are many smaller buildings as well, your guides “insider” knowledge will help to illuminate the stories that once unfolded here.  Well preserved as a National Heritage site, Kennecott is truly a unique place to begin your hike to the Root Glacier.

After the brief walk through town, our trail begins out to the glacier, trekking along the well-marked trail, check out wild-flowers alongside, maybe taste a few of the Alaska Berries along the way.  The roughly 2 mile hike from bus depot to white ice provides for great photo ops and stops along the way to learn more about the glacier in front of us and the alpine mountains and the creatures that roam there.

Once at the glacier, pause briefly while we put on our crampons and your guide gives some key advice on walking in crampons safely and effectively.  We’ll admit, walking on ice with the sharp spikes of the crampons on the bottom can be a little awkward at first, but after a little bit of “break in “ time and the sage knowledge the professional, you’ll find yourself immersed in an unbelievable, unique landscape.  You’ll spend a few hours circling Moulin’s, traversing fields of ice, basking in the beauty of blue pools and truly getting a sense of the vastness and wildness of the Alaskan landscape.

From start to finish, the half day glacier hike can take between 4 & 6 hours and approximately 5-6 miles depending on your crew, motivation levels, and comfort.  What makes our trips different?  All of our full price trips are private tours(groups of 2 or more), that means we travel at your pace, we explore at your pace, and best of all, you get a private guide that you can ask far more questions and have them customize your trip to your needs.

Join us for an exciting half day Glacier Hike adventure of the Root Glacier in Kennecott, Alaska.  Explore the Blue Pools, Moulin’s, Crevasses and rolling Ice of the Root Glacier accompanied by one of our world class guides.  Well studied in glaciology and geology, your guide will bring you on an adventure that is much more than just hiking.  The cascading alpine and glacial moonscape provide for some of the best, easily immersive flora, fauna and vistas of the Kennicott Valley.

Your glacial journey begins at our shop in “downtown” McCarthy, our guides will outfit you with a pair of crampons and a pre-trip orientation before we shuttle up to Kennecott.  From the bus depot at the beginning of the Kennecott Historic Town Site, take a trek through the historic copper town while your guide explains the buildings and history of the Worlds purest copper.  The 14 story Concentration Mill and the towering stacks of the old Powerhouse dominate the townscape, but there are many smaller buildings as well, your guides “insider” knowledge will help to illuminate the stories that once unfolded here.  Well preserved as a National Heritage site, Kennecott is truly a unique place to begin your hike to the Root Glacier.

After the brief walk through town, our trail begins out to the glacier, trekking along the well-marked trail, check out wild-flowers alongside, maybe taste a few of the Alaska Berries along the way.  The roughly 2 mile hike from bus depot to white ice provides for great photo ops and stops along the way to learn more about the glacier in front of us and the alpine mountains and the creatures that roam there.

Once at the glacier, pause briefly while we put on our crampons and your guide gives some key advice on walking in crampons safely and effectively.  We’ll admit, walking on ice with the sharp spikes of the crampons on the bottom can be a little awkward at first, but after a little bit of “break in “ time and the sage knowledge the professional, you’ll find yourself immersed in an unbelievable, unique landscape.  You’ll spend a few hours circling Moulin’s, traversing fields of ice, basking in the beauty of blue pools and truly getting a sense of the vastness and wildness of the Alaskan landscape.

From start to finish, the half day glacier hike can take between 4 & 6 hours and approximately 5-6 miles depending on your crew, motivation levels, and comfort.  What makes our trips different?  All of our full price trips are private tours(groups of 2 or more), that means we travel at your pace, we explore at your pace, and best of all, you get a private guide that you can ask far more questions and have them customize your trip to your needs.

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Copper River 7 Day Raft Trip

Copper River 7 Day Raft Trip - McCarthy, Alaska

Duration: 7 days
Location: McCarthy, Alaska

From USD
$3360.00

Wild and remote, the Copper River offers first class chances to spot grizzly bears grazing on wild berries or hunting the side creeks for those prized Copper River salmon. Eagle sightings along the River corridor are second to none, along with close up viewings of seals that swim over 100 miles up stream in pursuit of the salmon ... More info ›

Wild and remote, the Copper River offers first class chances to spot grizzly bears grazing on wild berries or hunting the side creeks for those prized Copper River salmon. Eagle sightings along the River corridor are second to none, along with close up viewings of seals that swim over 100 miles up stream in pursuit of the salmon. The copper river is the quintessential scenic Alaska river rafting experience, soaring mountain scapes, cascading waterfalls and glaciers that calve directly into the mighty river, it is Alaskan wilderness on its grandest scale.

We begin our journey in the small Alaskan town of Chitina, formerly a railroad town along the historic Copper River Northwestern Railroad, a now defunct rail line that connected the historic copper deposits of Kennecott with the Port town of Cordova. Over the course of thirty years the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad transported more than 3 million dollars worth of copper ore to market, on its way to the smelting plants in Tacoma, Washington. Remnants of this railroad, the first to pierce into Alaska’s interior, are encountered throughout our trip.

As we leave the relative flats of the Copper River Basin, we enter Woods Canyon where the steep walls are lined with hopeful fishermen, often the last people the we encounter for the next five days, trying to get a few of those great Copper River Salmon, like the Grizzlies, to fill their bellies and feed family through the long Alaska winter’s. After emerging from Woods Canyon we float into the Chugach Mountains, a chain of coastal mountains known for their high yearly winter snowfall which results in an astonishing number of glaciers beyond compare. Many people comment that it is the only river that appears to get deeper into the mountains the further downstream you float.

As the mountains rise around us and the river tumbles toward the ocean, glaciers, many still unnamed, began to make their way closer to river level culminating with the Childs and Miles Glaciers which simultaneously meet us at river level towards the end of our trip. Along the way we float passed the Bremner sand dunes, five miles long and over a mile wide, the peculiar “peninsula,” a lone mountain isolated by the force of glaciers carving the the area on all sides around it away, and countless amounts of wildlife to fill a camera with.

Float passed the Childs Glacier into the beginning of the massive Copper River Delta, an area so large that the state of Rhode Island will fit inside of it. We spend spend one last night enjoying the changing scenery and and on the last day take out at Flag Point, a short drive from Cordova, Alaska at the last bridge before the river flows into the Gulf of Alaska.

As far as scenic Alaska river rafting trips, the Copper River is truly second to none!

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River to Riches 3 Day Raft expedition

River to Riches 3 Day Raft expedition - McCarthy, Alaska

Duration: 3 days
Location: McCarthy, Alaska

From USD
$1182.00

The Chitina River, river to riches for many early Alaska prospectors, is a massive river drainage originating from the glacier of the same name off the flanks of mighty Mount Logan in Canada, effectively doubling the size of the Copper River once the two streams flow together. Chitina means “copper river” in the indigenous Ahtna language, originally unable to decide which drainage to name “Copper” due the large size of both rivers it was compromised to name both rivers “Copper” just in different languages ... More info ›

The Chitina River, river to riches for many early Alaska prospectors, is a massive river drainage originating from the glacier of the same name off the flanks of mighty Mount Logan in Canada, effectively doubling the size of the Copper River once the two streams flow together. Chitina means “copper river” in the indigenous Ahtna language, originally unable to decide which drainage to name “Copper” due the large size of both rivers it was compromised to name both rivers “Copper” just in different languages. Regardless of which language you look at, Chitina river rafting is a truly classic Alaska wilderness adventure!

Our raft trip begins in McCarthy, just down stream from the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier. After exiting the lake at the toe of the glacier the river picks up speed as it moves along its unstoppable coarse towards the ocean. The fast current of the Kennicott flowing over the shallow gravel shoals of glacier remnants is fun and splashy, providing some high excitement as we negotiate its six mile course towards the Nizina River.

After we merge with the Nizina, the river becomes broader with large rolling waves for the next few miles, spotting eagles and other Alaska wildlife are not uncommon as we take a moment to enjoy the beautiful views around us. To make sure we do not get to comfortable the river offers ever changing channels and new rapids as we wind through the gravel bars and broad valley the river has carved before entering the Nizina River Canyon. Seemingly, in just one bend of the river’s coarse we enter the constricted walls of the canyon, moving the river into one main channel and creating tight turns that form both fun rapids and confounding river boils, created by so much water being compressed into so small a space. The towering limestone cliffs of the Nizina Canyon offer great viewing of the areas geology.

Once through the canyon, which ends almost as abruptly as it began, we enter the wider scenic valley of the Chitina river, where stern wheel paddle boats once brought ore rich with copper downstream to Cordova for shipment to market. Along the way we will see historical remnants of prospectors and explorers as they made their way into the Alaska wilderness. As we continue down river, the Wrangell Mountains to the North and the Chugach Mountains to the South, we leave the ecological and geological zones of the Wrangell’s and enter into those of the Chugach Mountains, rock hounds delight at the broad range of cobble to be found along these rivers!

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