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Rivers to Riches Rafting Expeditions – 3 & 4 Days

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Rivers to Riches Rafting Expeditions – 3 & 4 Days

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Raft Four Incredible Rivers in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

The awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska’s vast wilderness awaits you on McCarthy River Tour’s “River to Riches” rafting trip. Steeped in Alaskan history and surrounded by stunning mountains, rivers, and untouched nature that will take your breath away, this is a must do adventure.

Experience the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers as expert guides tell stories of local legends, share natural and historical information, and navigate you through the rugged terrain with skill and finesse. Whether you want a three or four day trip to explore the vast backcountry beyond what you can see from shore, you’ll be sure to make some unforgettable memories.

Engage Alaska’s Natural Beauty & Human History

From the thrilling rapids of the Kennicott River to the peaceful moments floating along the wild Chitina, the “Rivers to Riches” provides a unique and unparalleled experience for families and adventurers alike. Shed your worries and look forward to an amazing journey.

Difficulty Level: Relaxed
This trip is considered relaxed because it is the classic laid-back Alaskan river experience for families and friends. This trip is great for new adventurers on river trips. There is easy access to the river right in McCarthy, and you’ll experience Class II-III whitewater with large volumes and braided river channels. You will see lots of wildlife and the amazing Alaska scenery of the Wrangell-St. Elias region.

Duration

3 & 4 Days

Departure Time

10am

Difficulty

Relaxed

Age

8+

From McCarthy, Alaska rafting on the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers thought Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You’ll end your trip in Chitina, where you can either shuttle back to McCarthy or Continue your Alaska adventure from there.

  • Raft Four Alaska Rivers on One Trip: Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, & Copper Rivers
  • Trace the same route that prospectors used over 100 years ago on their way to copper & gold riches
  • Great hiking & exploring opportunities
  • Scenic rafting great for families and groups
  • Gourmet meals that Include locally sourced meats & veggies
  • Highest quality river gear in the Wrangell 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)
2023 Reservations & Pricing

3 Day Expeditions

  • Reservable on Demand
  • 3 Day Expedition: $1990 Per Person

4 Day Expeditions

  • Groups Trips Launch Weekly on Friday all Season
  • 4 Day Expedition: $2225 Per Person

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

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

  • Departure Time
    10am
1
3 Day River to Riches
  • 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
    • Raft the Class III Kennicott River
    • Float through the Nizina Canyon
    • Camp on the banks of the Chitina River
  • Day 2 - River Day
    • Spot for Grizzly's at the Tebay River
    • Explore the Kuskulana Delta & Historic Remnants
    • Camp within 10 miles of the Copper River
  • Day 3 - Take-Out Day
    • Merge with the Copper River
    • Float two miles of Copper River to take out
    • Arrive by noon at Take Out.
2
4 Day River to Riches
  • 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
    • Raft the Class III Kennicott River
    • Float through the Nizina Canyon
    • Camp near the confluence of the Nizina and Chitina Rivers
  • Day 2 - River Day
    • Negotiate the braids of the Chitina River
    • Fill up water from a pristine mountain creek
    • Enjoy stunning sunset colors from camp
  • Day 3 - Take-Out Day
    • Spot for Grizzly's at the Tebay River
    • Explore the Kuskulana Delta & Historic Remnants
    • Camp within 10 miles of the Copper River
  • Day 4 - Take-Out Day
    • Merge with the Copper River
    • Float two miles of Copper River to take out
    • Arrive by noon at Take Out.

Comments:

  • Malcom & Sam

    August 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    We Will Truly Remember These 4 Days As One Of The Best Trips Ever
    We met Nik to get outfitted for our trip the next morning and were supplied with dry suits and old tennis shoes for wading in the water. We filled our water bottles at the nearby spring and headed out to the rafts. A party of 4 guests, with two guides and Loma, a beautiful German Shepherd, we had two rafts and put in after an hour or so of packing up. Four spectacular days followed, which were the highlight of our Alaskan trip. Our guides, Nik and Kyle, were experienced rafters, and we felt safe as we made our way from McCarthy to Chitina. They were great company and the only other human beings we saw for four days. The scenery was magnificent; we saw mountains with and without snow, wildlife (eagles, bears, moose, seal), and the most stunning sunsets.

    The pace was perfect for leaving behind the world’s cares, but despite the remoteness, we were very well provided for. Nik provided all the camping equipment (including a portable toilet) and planned a great menu for our trip. A cooked breakfast kicked us into action every morning with an ample lunch about 3 or 4 hours later and finally, 3-course dinners every night, including grilled salmon (caught by Kyle before the trip) and beautiful salads with edible flowers, and brownies cooked in a Dutch oven. While our guides cooked, we put up our tents and explored the area, gathering wood for our nightly campfire. We enjoyed rivers with salmon, driftwood piles like sculptures, animal tracks, and stunning views, all the perfect backdrop for conversations with our daughter (14) and son (11).

    We will truly remember these four days as one of the best trips ever and can only thank Nik and Kyle for everything they did for us to make it so special.

  • Taylor B.

    August 1, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Amazing 4-Day Rivers to Riches Experience
    My group went on a private “Rivers to Riches” 4 Day trip at the end of August. This trip was amazing in all aspects. The guides are skilled & knowledgeable. The food is amazing. The campsites are breathtaking, and the scenery/ time spent on the river was unparalleled. Be sure to spend a day or more in McCarthy exploring the town and the Kennicott Mine, as this was an awesome addition to our river trip. We stayed at the Kennicott River Lodge while in town (also run by McCarthy River Tours). The lodge offered breathtaking views of the glacier right outside your cabin door!