Copper River Rafting Expeditions – 7 Days

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Copper River Rafting Expeditions – 7 Days

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Leave the World Behind: Discover the Wild Wonders of Alaska’s Copper River

Flowing through the heart of Alaska’s rugged Chugach Mountains, the Copper River offers a wild adventure that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Float among icebergs in Miles Lake, watch as eagles and bears search for famous copper river salmon, and feel the power of the Childs Glacier calving into the river! 

World Class Wildlife and Exploration Opportunities

The Copper River is Alaskan wilderness on its grandest scale. Journey with us and you’ll have the chance to observe Alaskan wildlife in their natural habitat – soar with bald eagles, glimpse grizzly bears, and meander peacefully past trumpeter swans and seals searching for the famous copper river red salmon. Get hands-on with casual waterfall hikes and take in the 5 mile long Bremner Sand Dunes. Climb upon the narrow trails of the Historic Rail Bed of the Copper River Northwestern Railroad to really experience this amazing land.

Whether you’re a family looking for an adventure, a group of friends after an unforgettable experience or just a couple looking to get away from it all, a Copper River Expedition is the perfect choice. Let us show you what the wilds of Alaska have to offer – it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Difficulty Level: Moderate
The Copper 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 3+ whitewater with large volume and braided river channels.


7 Days





2024 Group Tour Dates – 7 Day Expedition

  • June 6
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 9
  • August 27 – September 2 – Northern Lights Float

2024 Group Tour Price our prices contain no hidden fees, the price here is what you will pay at booking

  • 7 Day Expedition: $4175 Per Person

Custom Dates & Pricing Available

  • Rafting one of Alaska’s Classic Scenic Rivers
  • Glaciers that calve into the River
  • Waterfalls & wildlife in large numbers
  • Traveling the old route of the Copper River Northwestern Railroad
  • Gourmet Meal Plan that includes locally sourced Meats & Veggies
  • Highest Quality Group River Gear in the Wrangell Mountains
  • Experience a premier wildlife corridor – This is the best trip to spot eagles, bears, and seals!

River Map Copper River McCarthy River ToursCopper River Expeditions launch in the small Alaskan town of Chitina and float for 7 days until we reach our take out on the Copper River Highway a short drive from Cordova.  Wild and remote, this trip 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 upstream in pursuit of salmon. 

  • 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.
  • Sleep Kits (Sleeping Bag, Pad, Pillow)
  • Lodging pre/post river
  • Pre and post trip transportation
  • All Items Listed on our Packing List
  • Adventurous Spirit
  • Any Medications you may require plus 2 days extra in case of delays
  • Gratuity for your Guide (15-20% of trip cost is recommended)

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

7 days
10+ Age
  • Departure Time
Day 0 - Travel Day 
  • Arrive in Glennallen
  • Mandatory 6pm pre-trip meeting in Glennallen, Alaska
Day 1 - Launch Day
  • Shuttle to Chitina Put In.
  • Safety Talk and Pre Raft Orientation  
  • Raft through Woods Canyon.
Day 2 - River Day
  • Float past remnants of Copper River Northwestern Railroad.
  • Riverside Railroad Tunnel  
Day 3 - River Day.
  • Large Unnamed Waterfalls
  • Camp by "The Peninsula"
Day 4 - River Day & Sand Dunes Day
  • 5 Mile Bremner Sand Dunes. Hiking depends on weather conditions.
  • Heney Glacier
  • Wernicke River
Day 5 - Rapids & Glacier Lake Day
  • Abercrombie Rapids
  • Miles Glacier & Lake
  • Iceberg City
Day 6 - Glaciers & Million Dollar Bridge Day
  • Spend time exploring the Childs Glacier viewing area.
  • Watch the Childs Glacier calve into the river.
  • Walk across the million dollar bridge, an engineering marvel.
Day 7 - Take Out Day
  • Float the Copper River Delta
  • Shuttle to Cordova


  • Rich F.

    June 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Wonderful And Personal 6-day Trip
    We spent six days on the Copper River, rafting from Chitina to Cordova, and had a wonderful time. We were a party of three couples, one gay and two straight. We had three rafts with three guides; Nick, Malcolm, and Sam. The guides were great. Nick, the owner, was extremely knowledgeable about the river, appearing to row all day without effort and finding the easiest path through braids and eddies to the perfect campsite. Malcolm and Sam, though not as experienced, were skilled boatmen. They were personable and enthusiastic, from making coffee early to rowing all day, seeing to our needs, and cleaning up after dinner. They were committed to having zero footprints. Everything was hauled out, including some stuff we found along the way. Nick tailored the trip to our needs and interests. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on the Bremner Sands, where we took the time to explore the dunes. We stopped to look at seals, icebergs calving from glaciers, and the Million Dollar bridge. Nick even arranged for a bear to show up in camp on our last night! We cannot think of a better way to send a 50th birthday and a 20th anniversary.

  • Marty & Peggy

    July 11, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Copper River Multi-Day Trip of a Lifetime
    We made a six-night/seven-day raft trip down the Copper River and two additional days in McCarthy before the trip. This trip is a must if you want a true Alaskan experience. It was spectacular from the first day in McCarthy to eating fish tacos in Cordova. While in McCarthy, Maggy loaned us some crampons for a glacier walk, and the mine tour was incredible. On the river, we saw almost 400 bald eagles (my wife counted) and icebergs as big as houses from the Miles Glacier floating in the lake. We enjoyed walking on the bridge to nowhere and especially saying “Hey Bear” to the grizzly bear that walked through our camp. Every day brought memories of a lifetime. We saw two groups of 4 people each in the seven days on the river. They were from the forest service tasked with counting fish, and we talked to one of the groups at their counting station. That is all the contact you have with the outside world.

    The guides, Tim, Nick, and Sam, were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly and seemed almost like family by the end. Sam was particularly good at picking camp and Groover locations, and I have a picture from each one. Tim and Nick guitar playing by the campfire was wonderful. The food was good, but you are in the wilderness, so you eat what can be brought on the raft. Expect a hot breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and a hearty meal for dinner.

    The main reason we picked this guide service was the dry suit, and I would not recommend any that did not provide one for this type of trip. The water is cold but not scary. Class 2 is about all you will see in two places. Multiple layers are essential, and although space is not unlimited, you don’t have to worry about carrying everything on your back. Highly recommend a thermos to warm you up on the river in the morning.

  • Alex Y.

    July 1, 2022 at 10:18 am

    7 Day Copper River Trip
    Had a great 7-day copper trip with Ron and Sarah. The scenery was amazing, the Copper river is an incredible place. We saw incredible mountains, lots of wildlife, waterfalls, and tons of glaciers, navigated an ice field, and were able to watch a glacier calve into the river from camp. On the trip were my wife, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and their significant other, and they all had a great time. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to truly experience everything Alaska offers. The weather can be highly unpredictable, so come prepared. I highly recommend McCarthy River Tours, they were easy to work with and very accommodating to our trip needs and dietary restrictions, and our guides, Ron and Sarah, were great!