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Northern Lights illuminate the night over Miles Glacier

How and Where to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

Viewing the Northern Lights in Alaska is one of life’s coolest experiences. From simple greens and whites, to intricately dancing hues of reds, purple & greens, they are equal parts awe inspiring and humbling to witness. Inspiring various cultures throughout human...
Kennicott River Lodge Cabin

Alaska Travel 2021 – McCarthy & Wrangell St. Elias NP is the Place to Be

New Facilities, Private Tours, Even Smaller Groups & Expanded Vacation Options – McCarthy, Alaska is Calling You 2021 – Pivots, optimism, and fantastic upgrades in Alaska travel adventures! We are optimistic for a strong rebound in Alaska travel.  As...

Five Essential Items to Pack for your Alaska Adventure Trip

Packing for an Alaska Adventure can be overwhelming, remember these 5 essentials for maximum comfort! A remote Alaska Rafting Trip is an experience of a lifetime. Traveling river corridors that trappers and prospectors once traversed, where Alaska Natives established fish camps,...

The 2019 Jokulhlaup: Alaska Whitewater During a Glacial Flood

As whitewater boaters in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, our work is dictated by the powerful geologic forces at work. In general, geology is a slow force that shapes the earth over thousands or millions of years. But every once in a while, the earth conspires to alter a...

Summer 2019 McCarthy River Tours Training Trip

 A Wrangell St Elias Rafting Adventure Day 1: We’re Not in Totopia Anymore We are finally embarking on our multi – day training trip from McCarthy to Chitina. Energies are high on the banks of the Kennicott as we take the final steps to prepare for the launch. 11...
Tana River Alaska Sand Dunes

Comparing Alaska’s Tana River and the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River

Alaska’s Tana River is a “Grand Canyon Style” Dream River Trip   5 Comparisons of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon to the Tana River in Alaska. There isn’t much that compares to that incredible Colorado River Grand Canyon river experience...
Northern Lights illuminate the night over Miles Glacier

Copper River Alaska – Why Its The Perfect Alaska Rafting Trip

When you think of Alaska, you think of giant glaciers, towering mountains and abundant wildlife.  Many people think about how vast the Alaskan wilderness seems, how large the distances are between small outposts of human habitation.  When considering travel options and...

McCarthy River Tours Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Alaska Adventure! Purchase Special Holiday Gift Certificates between December 2nd & 24th! Lock in a 15% to 20% discount on your 2020 Alaska Adventure with our special Holiday Gift Certificates, valid for select day trips and one very special multi-day trip....
Packing hte Bush Plane for Alaska Raft Adventure

Alaska Raft Adventure Packing List

McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters Alaska Raft Adventure Packing List Packing for an extended stay in Alaska’a back-country on an Alaska Raft Adventure can be daunting.  You need to pack for temperatures ranging anywhere from 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (5-25+ Celsius)...
alaska raft trip drysuits

Alaska Raft Trip Drysuit Safety | McCarthy River Tours

Do you NEED a dry-suit on an Alaska raft trip? “Do we really have to wear a drysuit on our Alaska raft trip?”  We get this question more than you would think… It used to be that in Alaska, when you wanted to go rafting, what you did was layer up in your best warm clothes, and...
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