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Insider Travel Tips for McCarthy, Alaska, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

We teamed up with our Partners at Alaska.org and Channel Films to make this informative video about traveling by road to McCarthy. To us, it highlights the journey is just as great as the destination!

Planning your Alaska adventure to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve can be a daunting task. Here at McCarthy River Tours, we are committed to making your planning as painless as possible. From help with travel logistics to what activities best fit into your schedule and budget, we are here to guide you thru the process. Below are some options for you to consider; we are happy to help you plan your trip itinerary. Call us anytime at 907-302-0688 with any questions you may have.

What to Bring:

Check out our Recommended Packing List to help plan the necessities you will need for your Alaska Rafting Expedition. We have perfected our essential packing list through years of first-hand testing in the field.


From Anchorage:

  • Reeve Air & Copper Valley Air team up to offer a twice-weekly flight (Mondays & Thursdays) from Anchorage to McCarthy on the mail plane.
  • Soaring Eagle Transit offers shuttle service between Anchorage, Glennallen & Valdez on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.
  • Interior Alaska Bus Line offers shuttle service between Anchorage & Glennallen on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

From the Copper Basin:

Rental Cars:

Many rental car companies have restrictions on traveling the McCarthy Road; please contact us for an updated list of companies that allow travel.

Personal Car Storage:

We offer parking for $5/Day at our Ice Cream Shop, As the Glacier Melts. For guests joining us on a guided trip, this fee is waived for the duration of your adventure with us.

Places to Stay

Kennicott River Lodge

Kennicott River Lodge is the home base of our operations. We meet for our Pre-Trip Multi-Day Meetings, house our Day Guiding Office, and run our Ice Cream shack, As The Glacier Melts Cafe, from this Lodge. Drive directly to your room, just a short walk to the Footbridge and shuttle service to McCarthy and Kennecott. Booking a room in the lodge makes your adventure in McCarthy easy! Private Cabins and a Lodge Suite with a private deck that boasts the best view in the Kennicott Valley!



Glacier View Campground
Glacier View Campground in McCarthy, Alaska Enjoy camping in McCarthy while also camping near the beautiful Kennicott Glacier. Glacier View Campground also has a restaurant, Glacier View Grill, serving unreal burgers! Enjoy a panoramic view of The Root Glacier and the surrounding Wrangell – St. Elias Mountains from the comfort of an outdoor cafe that’s famous for its “Glacier Burger.” The Grill and Campground environment is its number one attraction; it is at the base of the Kennicott Glacier, less than a mile from the glacier’s terminal moraine.


We’ve got you covered with Visitor Guides to McCarthy, Alaska, on day trips and rafting expeditions.

We know that planning that bucket list trip to the Last Frontier can be a little daunting. But not to worry – We’ve made it easy with our trip planning guides! These guides cover everything from how to get to McCarthy, Alaska, and things to do in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, what wilderness rafting trips in Alaska are like, what to pack for a trip, and most frequently asked questions. Ready, set, let’s explore!