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T11: Spell of the Yukon Wilderness Rafting

Tour Overview

Experience level required: This is a very remote wilderness rafting trip. Some camping experience is recommended; we are experienced outdoor educators and have taken people on this trip who have never camped before - a good attitude is important above all else! This trip requires only modest physical activity. You do need to be able to handle being out in the elements in possibly cool and inclement weather.

Highlights

• Scenic drive on the Alaska (Al-Can) Highway along the Alaska Range
• Visit to Chicken, Alaska
• Exploring Eagle, the oldest incorporated inland city in Alaska
• Historical Tour of Eagle and Fort Egbert
• Six days in the wilderness exploring 160 miles of the Yukon River
• Fascinating Gold Rush History
• Staying in Historic cabins
• Great scenery
• Relaxing on the raft

Optional Activities

Fairbanks Optional Tours


Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center – Free!
This fabulous facility includes the Fairbanks Visitor Bureau, the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and Tanana Chiefs Cultural programs. Stop here first for visitor information, beautiful displays and dioramas, plus cultural events.

 

Arctic Circle Drive Adventure - $189
Guided ground tour up to the Arctic Circle and back

 

Arctic Circle Air Adventure - $379 (7am), $469 (1pm), or $419 (7pm)
Scenic flight north of the Arctic Circle to the rugged Brooks Range. Enjoy a fascinating tour of Wiseman an very remote gold mining community.

 

Anaktuvuk Pass Adventure - $529
Amazing scenic flight north of the Arctic Circle through the Brooks Range to the native village of Anaktuvuk Pass (in the heart of Gates of the Arctic National Park). Learn about the history and culture of these rugged people – the only inland Inupiaq Eskimos.

 

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T11: Spell of the Yukon Wilderness Rafting

Day 1 - D

Arrive in Fairbanks by 4pm today. Plan to arrive earlier if you need to buy outdoor clothing or supplies in Fairbanks. Hop in a taxi out front of Fairbanks’ beautiful new airport and take the short 15 minute ride to our downtown accommodations for the night.
6pm Get to know your fellow travelers and discuss trip logistics over a glass of wine
7:30pm Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - Meals included today: B, L, D

Our adventure begins with the scenic drive out the Alaska Highway along the Tanana River (little sister to the Yukon River) and below the Alaska Range. We will pass through Tok and then turn north up to the Fortymile Gold Country (via a gravel ‘highway’). We will enjoy a stop in comic “Chicken, Alaska” (founded by miners who could not spell ‘ptarmigan’ – now Alaska’s state bird) on our way to the picturesque community of Eagle on the banks of the Yukon River.

 

Guests can forgo the long (10 hour), but interesting drive to Eagle and choose to fly one way from Fairbanks to Eagle. The cost of this scenic flight is about $190 - the flight takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let us know if you would like to take this optional flight.

 

Eagle lies 10 miles down river from the border with Canada’s Yukon Territory. One of Alaska’s oldest inland non-native settlements, this town was established in the 1890s to assert U.S, control over this remote country during the Klondike Gold Stampede in nearby Dawson City. Prospectors looked for gold all up and down the Yukon and found pay dirt in many places. Today the bustle of the gold rush is long gone and this remote river and vast country is once again very quite.

 

The trip is about 162 miles on the river. The fast current (~5-7 miles per hour) means that in good weather we can easily cover 30+ miles a day while relaxing on the raft. The character of the Yukon in this stretch is like a large lake with a fast current! There are no rapids, but the strong current keeps the scenery changing and life interesting. The river is bounded by ancient mountains that have weathered into large hills with many distinct steep bluffs along the river. There are a few historic cabins and roadhouses we can ‘camp’ in during our journey.

Day 3 - B, L, D

• Breakfast
9 am Local history tour of Eagle
11 am Put in the Yukon River
• Calico Bluff– dramatic bluff with alternating white and black layers of folded rock


Camp: Mouth of Tatonduk River or Wood Islands

Day 4 - B, L, D

Lunch Nation Bluff Cabin (mile 50) – this charming small cabin was built by “phonograph” Christopher Nelson. Who live along in this remote country. He earned the nickname “phonograph”, because once he started talking, he wouldn’t stop but uttered many, “and, uh; and, uh; and, uh” similar to a skipping record!


Camp: Glenn Creek Cabin (mile 64)

Day 5 - B, L, D

Day floating on the river


Camp: Slaven’s Roadhouse – historic roadhouse – a large two story log cabin (mile 104)
This roadhouse has been beautifully restored by the National Park Service. Each February it serves as a checkpoint and resting spot for dog mushers during the 1000 mile Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race been Fairbanks and Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.

Day 6 - B, L, D

Planned layover day at Slaven’s Roadhouse
Explore Coal Creek Gold Dredge (one mile hike from river and Slaven’s Cabin).

Day 7- B, L, D0

Float through Woodchopper Canyon

 

Camp: About river mile 140.

Day 8 - B

Paddle into Circle City. We will meet our Out in Alaska driver for the scenic drive back to Fairbanks and bid goodbye to the mighty Yukon.

 

8 pm Farewell Dinner at Silvergulch Brewpub (America’s northernmost brewery) in Fox – just north of Fairbanks
• Return to Bed and Breakfast in Fairbanks

 

End of guided portion of Out in Alaska Trip

Day 9- - B

• Breakfast at lodging

 

Fly home anytime today. Or extend your vacation (visit the Arctic Circle, Denali National Park, etc.) with planning help from Out in Alaska

 

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T11: Spell of the Yukon Wilderness Rafting

Date

Contact us to schedule this amazing trip of a lifetime - four person minimum.  This is a great family adventure!

Price

$2575 per person, double occupancy

($2885 single)

 

Optional activities

• Contact us for more information about the optional scenic flight to Eagle from Fairbanks

 

This trip includes

• Accommodations: 30 nights of comfortable lodging. 6 nights of remote camping away from proper bathroom facilities (sometimes in rustic cabins without plumbing).
• Transportation and activities as described in the itinerary.
• Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners.
• Equipment: Use of Out in Alaska’s high quality tents, sleeping bags, sleeping bags, dry bags, rain gear, boating gear, and group camping gear.
• Taxes: All local taxes are included

 

Items of a personal nature are not included.
Gratuities (For restaurant meals, hotel maids, and guides) are not included.

 

All information subject to change due to weather, current conditions, road closures, or other reasons!

 

For more information and to inquire about a trip contact us: (907) 339-0101 or email us:

info (at) outinalaska.com


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