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Chitina River Rafting Expeditions – 6 & 8 Days

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Chitina River Rafting Expeditions – 6 & 8 Days

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The Chitina River, larger than the Copper River when the two meet, is a large volume river offering swift Class III+ whitewater to start and mellows into a wild and scenic float as we reach the second half of the journey. Large braided stretches of the river give way to gorges, funnel the river into one channel alternate as we wind our way towards the confluence with the Copper River and take out at Chitina, Alaska. Flowing West to East, the Chitina river is the natural divider between the Wrangell Mountains to the North and the Chugach Mountains to the South. With its headwaters deep in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range, the geological history of three different mountain ranges, can be observed along the river’s beaches.

Difficulty Level: Moderate
The Chitina River Expedition is considered a Moderate trip for those adventurers looking to journey a little further into the Alaskan Bush. Great for folks with previous river experience or newcomers with an increased desire for adventure. Incredible chances to spot wildlife, very remote, and up to Class III+ whitewater with large volume and braided river channels.

Duration

6 & 8 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Age

14+

Starting on the Chitina River, funneling into the Copper River and ending in the Chitina River. We offer two trips a summer with 16 total available spots.

  • Scenic bush plane flight deep into Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Stunning views of 16,000-foot mountains
  • Raft a remote Alaska River that hardly anyone has ever done
  • Spot for dall sheep along riverside cliffs
  • Watch grizzly bears looking for salmon along the clear side creeks
  • Some of the biggest moose we’ve ever seen have been on this stretch of river
  • Back-country gourmet meals
  • Dry-suit
  • Rafts
  • Expert guides
  • Personal floatation device (PFD)
  • Helmet
  • River shoes
  • Food from lunch day one until take-out day
  • Group gear (kitchen, group shelter, river toilet, etc.)
  • All bush plane flights
  • Tents assigned on double occupancy. You may request a private tent for an additional cost.
  • All Items Listed on our Packing List
  • STURDY WATER BOTTLE!
  • Adventurous Spirit
  • Any Medications you may require plus 2 days extra in case of delays
  • Gratuity for your Guide (10-20% of trip cost is recommended)
  • 6 Day Expedition: $3150 Per Person
  • 8 Day Expedition: $3425 Per Person

Custom launch dates are also available. Call us @ 907-302-0688 to inquire.

  • Departure Time
    6pm
1
6 Day Chitina
  • Day 0 - Travel Day
    • Arrive in McCarthy no later than 6pm
    • Mandatory 6pm pre-trip meeting conducted at our main office.
  • Day 1 - Launch Day
    • Morning Fly Out to Hubert's Landing area along Chitina River
    • Take in some of the most remote countries in America.
    • Enjoy Class III+ whitewater before it mellows by camp.
  • Day 2 - River Day
    • Float past 2 riverside glaciers.
    • Upstream views of massive Mount Logan.
    • Begin the Braids on the River.
  • Day 3 - River Day
    • Negotiate the most braided stretch of river in Wrangell St Elias National Park.
    • Float past the confluence of the Tana.
    • Explore Jakes Bar and the old trapper cabins located there.
  • Day 4 - River Day
    • Spot for bears at the mouth of the Chakina River.
    • Float past the Nizina River confluence.
    • Refill Water Jugs with crystal clear mountain water.
  • Day 5 - River Day
    • Spot for bears at the Tebay River
    • Explore the Kuskulana River Delta
    • Check out riverside historical sites.
  • Day 6 - Take Out Day
    • Float onto the Copper River.
    • Float past dipnetters and fish wheels.
    • Take out at O'Brien Creek in Chitina at noon.
2
8 day Chitina
  • Day 0 - Travel Day
    • Arrive in McCarthy no later than 6pm
    • Mandatory 6pm pre-trip meeting conducted at our main office.
  • Day 1 - Fly-Out Day
    • Morning Fly Out to Hubert's Landing area along Chitina River.
    • Hike & Explore the unique geography of the upper Chitina River valley.
    • First Night BBQ, Fire & S'mores.
  • Day 2 - River Launch Day
    • Great 1st morning breakfast.
    • Float past 2 riverside glaciers.
    • Fast moving Class III+ Whitewater to start the trip.
  • Day 3 - River Day
    • Begin the river braids.
    • Upstream views of massive Mount Logan.
    • MacColl Ridge dominates the Northern side of the River
  • Day 4 - River Day
    • Negotiate the most braided stretch of river in Wrangell St Elias National Park.
    • Float past the confluence of the Tana.
    • Camp at Jake's Bar by the old trapper cabins located there.
  • Day 5 - Layover Day
    • Spend the day exploring the multiple hiking trails around Jake's Bar.
    • Enjoy a Riverside Sauna.
    • Relax and enjoy the fire and afternoon happy hour.
  • Day 6 - River Day
    • Spot for bears at the mouth of the Chakina River.
    • Float past the Nizina River confluence.
    • Refill Water Jugs with crystal clear mountain water.
  • Day 7 - River Day
    • Spot for bears at the Tebay River
    • Explore the Kuskulana River Delta
    • Check out riverside historical sites.
  • Day 8 - Take-Out Day
    • Float onto the Copper River.
    • Float past dipnetters and fish wheels.
    • Take out at O'Brien Creek in Chitina at noon.

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