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Tana River Rafting Expeditions – 4 & 6 Days

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Known for its large volume and even bigger rapids, it is often compared to the Grand Canyon in style and size, the rapids provide excitement that any adrenaline seeker can sate themselves with. Being remote and untamed, the Tana offers the boater and adventure seeker the embodiment of Alaska whitewater… big, fast, and cold! Starting with a bush plane drop off down-stream the Tana Glacier, the Tana River rumbles its way down towards the ocean. We’ll begin our trip by exploring the surroundings of this beautiful and unique area. The first day on the river is fairly mellow with some smaller rapids getting us ready for the power ahead. On day two the sheer power of the river meets us, enjoy the ride as your guide expertly rows you through the big waves or if you like, we’ll bring a paddle boat along and you can enjoy the ride while digging your paddle into some of Alaska’s premier whitewater. Fly out at Jake’s Bar Airstrip after the Tana merges with the Chitina River or continue on down stream, for a few more days on the river, to the confluence with the Copper, the Tana trip is THE BEST! The upper stretch can be done in three to four days, add another day or two to continue on to Chitina.

Difficulty Level: Challenging
This adventure is for those familiar with challenging whitewater and want the ultimate remote, Alaskan wilderness whitewater river experience. Great for travelers that have experienced the Grand Canyon or other high adventure river expeditions. These trips require additional river safety training conducted on the Kennicott River the day before the launch.

Duration

4 & 6 Day

Difficulty

Challenging

Age

18+

Starting with a bush plac drop off near the Tana Glacier where the river meets the ocean. The river will merge into the Chitina River where you will continue downstream. Then, you are able to fly out at Jake’s Bar Airstrip to end in the Copper River.

  • Bush plane flight to put in with some of Alaska’s premier pilots – 4 days also include bush plane pick-up.
  • Alaska’s best undiscovered glacial whitewater – Class IV Grand Canyonesque waves and drops
  • Towering views of multiple 16,000+ foot mountains
  • Multiple fantastic hiking and exploring opportunities
  • Hearty, filling meals featuring locally sourced meats and veggies
  • Immerse yourself in some of North America’s wildest mountains
  • 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.
  • Lodging pre/post river
  • Transport to/from McCarthy
  • 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)
  • 4 Day Expedition: $2950 Per Person Fly in/Fly out
  • 6 Day Expedition: $3250 Per Person Fly In with pick up in Chitina

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

4 & 6 days
18+ Age
  • Departure Time
    10am
1
4 day Tana
  • 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 & Launch day
    • 25 minute Morning flight to the upper Tana Valley.
    • Float the numerous & shallow braids of the upper river.
    • Soaring views and great evening wandering at camp 1.
  • Day 2 - River Day
    • Hike the extraordinary Tana River Sand Dunes.
    • Run the first rapids of the trip.
    • Camp just above the biggest rapids on the river.
  • Day 3 - Rapid Day
    • Run "the meat" of the Tana river.
    • Embark on one of the most epic river scouts in Alaska.
    • Camp on an expansive Dryas plain, with views to the north of 16,000ft Mount Blackburn.
  • Day 4 - Take Out Day
    • Early rise and breakfast.
    • Leave the Tana River & float onto the Chitina River.
    • Midday Bush Plane shuttle back to McCarthy.
2
6 Day Tana
  • 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 & Launch day
    • 25 minute Morning flight to the upper Tana Valley.
    • Float the numerous & shallow braids of the upper river.
    • Soaring views and great evening wandering at camp 1.
  • Day 2 - River Day
    • Hike the extraordinary Tana River Sand Dunes.
    • Run the first rapids of the trip.
    • Camp just above the biggest rapids on the river.
  • Day 3 - Rapid Day
    • Run "the meat" of the Tana river.
    • Embark on one of the most epic river scouts in Alaska.
    • Camp on an expansive Dryas plain, with views to the north of 16,000ft Mount Blackburn.
  • Day 4 - River Day
    • Spot for bears at the mouth of the Chakina River.
    • Explore the cabins & airstrip at Jake's Bar.
    • 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.

Comments:

  • Chris P.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Unforgettable River Trip With MRTO!
    My wife, I, and six other friends used MRTO (aka Mr. Toe) for an epic river trip down the Tana this July! Nik Merlino, the owner/operator of Mr. Toe, is a gracious host who is very knowledgeable about the McCarthy/Kennecott area and its numerous rivers. Being an avid river-runner, one thing I noticed about Mr. Toe is that they have very high-quality gear. Everything from the NRS rafts to the top-of-the-line drysuits makes river running in Alaska incredibly comfortable. I cannot recommend this company enough. We’ll definitely be back!