This wilderness rafting expedition begins with a scenic drive through the Alaska Range and a night at an historic lodge. Next we launch the rafts in the Copper River and the excitement begins immediately as we paddle through dramatic Wood Canyon. The Copper River cuts through the coastal Chugach Mountains and we will enjoy incredible scenery the entire 100 mile raft trip. At the climax, we paddle through Abercrombie rapids and then past two glaciers which dump into the river as the Copper exits the mountains. The river trip ends in the port town of Cordova, which is not accessible by road so we will take a jaw-dropping small plane flight back to our rafting put in.
Optional – arrive early for an optional/independent excursion to Denali Park, the Arctic Circle, etc. We can help you plan and book extra nights lodging and activities (Alaska Railroad, scenic flights, and more).
• Arrive Anchorage (ANC) on day 1 by 4 pm
• Tour ends in Cordova (CDV) the morning of Day 8
The logistics for this trip are a bit involved. Talk to us before making your travel plans.
• Scenic drive between the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains
• Awesome five day wilderness raft trip through the dramatic Chugach Mountains
• Giant whirlpools and tight walls of Wood Canyon
• Hundreds of waterfalls
• Many glaciers including two that dump ice bergs into the river!
• Seals that swim upriver from the ocean
• The Million Dollar Bridge
• Fascinating history of the J.P. Morgan and Guggenheim controlled “Alaska Syndicate”, their incredible Copper mines, and their ill-fated railroad along the Copper River
• The roaring water and massive waves of Abercrombie Rapids
• Visit to the charming fishing community of Cordova, which is not accessible by road
• Fresh salmon and seafood in Cordova
Anchorage Optional Tours and Activities
Bicycle along Anchorage’s Coastal Trail - $15+
Rent a mountain bike and helmet and explore Anchorage’s fabulous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet.
Alaska Native Heritage Center - $24.95
Experience and learn about the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of our elders, and the traditions that endure.
Knik Glacier Tour - $150
Fly over the water on an airboat upriver to the Knik Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in south central Alaska. See icebergs and the face of the glacier, before returning to civilization.
Float-plane Glacier flight Seeing Tour - $235
Take an exciting float-plane flight over the rugged Chugach Mountains to see glaciers and look for moose. Flying time about 1.5 hours.
Fly-out Bear Viewing Tour - $595
Depart from Lake Hood, the busiest float plane airport in the world for a scenic flight across Cook Inlet to Redoubt Bay. Your naturalist guides will take you in a covered pontoon boat through a chain of lakes where spawning salmon attract numerous brown and black bears. This half day trip includes lunch.
Arrive in Anchorage by 4pm today (arrive earlier if you need to buy any clothing or equipment). Hop in a taxi out front of our beautiful new airport and catch a taxi to the downtown bed and breakfast where our group will be spending the night.
6 pm: Group orientation and logistics meeting at our accommodations
7 pm: Welcome Dinner
Our adventure begins with the scenic drive up the Matanuska Valley between the Talkeenta and Chugach Mountains. Along the way we will stop to enjoy great views of the 24 mile long Matanuska Glacier.
We arrive in Chitina in the late afternoon. Chitina is where the Copper River is joined by the large, cold glacial Chitina River – this is also the beginning point for our fabulous river journey. Guests will spend the night in a historic bed and breakfast. In the evening the guides will inflate and rig the rafts for our big adventure!
• Breakfast at our lodging
• 10 am Depart Anchorage
• 5 pm Arrive Chitina
• Guides inflate and rig the rafts
After breakfast will we head to rafts and your Out in Alaska guides will go through a safety briefing and then we will depart! We will be “paddle rafting”, which means that every guest will have a paddle and help power the raft. We will warm up with some paddle strokes and collectively learn how to maneuver the boat under the guide’s voice commands.
Shortly after our trip begins, we pass the confluence of the massive Chitina River. Soon afterwards we enter the dramatic, steep-walled Wood Canyon. Most of the Copper River is not whitewater rapids, but it is a very high volume river with powerful currents, strong eddy lines and even a few giant whirlpools!
Tonight we camp at the mouth of Uranatina Creek.
We enjoy a beautiful day on the river taking in the amazing scenery. Hanging glaciers cling to the mountain tops and feed cascading waterfalls.
Camp at Cleave Creek.
The Copper River is famous for its red (sockeye) salmon. Keep your eyes out for bears on shore and seals in the river who are fishing for their share of Alaska’s bounty. Bears, seals, and glaciers all increase in numbers as we raft closer to the coast.
Camp at unnamed creek after the mouth of Wernicke River.
Today our journey that has been ‘awesome’ so far, turns ‘unreal.’ We launch the rafts and head into placid Baird Canyon. The river is almost like a lake in this stretch and the current is slow for several miles. However, the peace is broken by the loud roar of Abercrombie (see, this is the ultimate gay adventure) rapids about five miles away. With adrenaline pumping, we enter the rapids and ride Abercrombie’s giant twenty foot waves! Soon we drop into Miles Lake (still part of the river), where seals are often seen. The biggest sight on the lake is the massive Miles glacier, which caves ice bergs into the river. At the far end of the lake, there is a narrows traversed by the “Million Dollar Bridge” where the CRNW Railroad crossed the mighty Copper River. Just below the bridge, the river cuts into the Childs Glacier, which also calves giant icebergs into the river. Salmon have been found in the trees on the other side of the river after an iceberg caused wave sent river water and fish high onto shore! We will quickly raft right past the face of the Childs Glacier and camp beyond the Childs Glacier, below the Goodwin Glacier.
We wake up to our last morning along the Copper River and raft to our take out at the Flag Point Bridge. A local will meet us there and shuttle us in to the charming coastal fishing community of Cordova, where will we stay for the night. Almost 100 years ago, Cordova was the bustling terminus of the Copper River Northwestern Railway (CRNW – Can’t Run and Never Will) that carried copper from the massive J.P. Morgan and Guggenheim owned Kennicott copper mines down the Copper River to Cordova, where copper oar was shipped to Tacoma for smelting. Today this charming fishing town is very quiet – far off the beaten path!
• End of Out in Alaska adventure- Cordova (CDV)
After breakfast is the conclusion of our trip together. You can fly home anytime today – Alaska Airlines offers several flights a day to Anchorage or south to Seattle via Yakutat and Juneau. ERA Aviation offers flights to Anchorage for connecting flights home. As there are no connecting roads out of Cordova, your guides will be chartering a small plane to fly with the rafts and all of our equipment back to Chitina. If you would like, it may be possible to join us on the chartered bush flights back to Chitina and drive with us back to Anchorage.
Contact us to schedule
$2675 per person, double occupancy
This trip includes
• Accommodations: 3 nights of comfortable lodging in historic/eclectic locally owned bed and breakfasts. 4 nights of remote camping away from proper bathroom facilities.
• Transportation: As described in the itinerary.
• Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 5 dinners (alcoholic beverages not included at restaurant meals).
• Equipment: Complementary use of Out in Alaska’s tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, dry bags, rain jackets, rain paints, rafting gear, etc.
• Taxes: All local taxes are included
Items of a personal nature are not included.
Gratuities: (For hotel maids, guides, etc. ) are not included.
All information subject to change due to weather, current conditions, road closures, or other reasons!
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