River Rafting

Alaska Rafting Trips with St. Elias Alpine Guides

Rafting on one of our Alaska Rafting TripsIf you want to get deep into the wilderness and travel many miles through the mountains but have only few days or a couple weeks to do it, our Alaska rafting adventures are made for you. The glacially fed rivers of Wrangell St. Elias National Park carry us to many places inaccessible by foot or any other means of transport. Many of our trips start near our base in McCarthy, less than a mile below the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier. On all our trips we splash through rapids and may eat salmon fresh out of the river we travel on, but our river adventures are not based on whitewater or on fishing. Instead, they are based on exploration – exploration of glaciers, of tundra, of wooded stream courses, of routes through mountain ranges draped with ocean mist, of deep, rock walled canyons, and wide open braided glacial valleys. We enjoy fresh food, comfortable camps, and evening campfires next to crystal clear streams.

Our rafting adventures include all river gear needed and professional guides with local knowledge and experience. Guests on our river trips need to be in good physical health, but do not to need to be athletes. Rafting opens the way for participants of all ages from all walks of life. You are welcome to participate to whatever extent you prefer – from learning to row the boats and taking daily hikes to just sitting back and enjoying the scenery and good food. Learn more about Alaska whitewater rafting on our sister company’s website www.copperoar.com. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Trip Details

Price: $325 adult/$275 child
Trip Length: 7 hours Difficulty: Minimal experience required
Our Three River Raft and Flightsee trip is a great Alaska river trip for families, solo adventurers, couples and just about anyone! Class II-III rapids, great views, a fresh and tasty lunch, the Nizina River Canyon, and topped off by a bush plane landing on the gravel bar for your ride back home over glaciers and mountains.
Offered Daily at 10am
June 1st to September 2nd, 2018
Price: $95 adult/$75 child
Trip Length: 3-4 hours Difficulty: All ages & abilities welcome!
Paddle your own inflatable kayak along the rocky "moonscape" at the toe of the Kennicott Glacier...
Offered Daily at 9:30am and 2:30pm
June 1st to September 2nd, 2018
Price: $695
Trip Length: 1 Day Difficulty: All ages & abilities welcome!
Take a bush plane flight deep into the Wrangell Mountains backcountry, and then spend the day paddling your own inflatable kayak among the icebergs of breathtaking Nizina Lake.
Daily from June 1st to September 9th
Price: $995
Trip Length: 1 Day Difficulty: All ages & abilities welcome!
Enjoy a breathtaking bush plane flight to the serene waters of Tebay Lake, where you can spend the day hiking meadows of tundra, or paddling through it's crystalline waters.
Daily from June 1st to September 3rd
Price: $415 adult/$345 child
Trip Length: 2 days Difficulty: Minimal experience required
Combine our Half-day Glacier Hike, Kennecott Town Tour and Raft & Flightsee Trip for 2 days of great activities at a discounted price!
June 1st - Sept 2nd, 2018
Price: $1,075 (3-Day), $1,350 (4-Day)
Trip Length: 3-4 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 1
Get deep into the wilderness on this short and affordable 3-4 day Alaska Rafting Trip. Moderate whitewater, sweeping views, and open riverside camps await new campers and veteran adventurers alike.
3-day: On Demand Only
4-day: June 12-15, July 6-9, July 31-August 3, August 20-23, 2018
Custom Dates Available.
Price: $2,550
Trip Length: 5 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
This unique and seldom-traveled Alaska backcountry trip features bush-plane access deep into the wilderness, moderate to strenuous hiking opportunities, and rafting the glacial Nizina River from it's source to where it joins the Chitina River.
July 2-6, July 27-31, 2018
Custom dates available.
Price: $2,450 (6 days), $2,700 (7 days), $2,950 (8 days)
Trip Length: 6,7 or 8 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
Our journey is one of the most awe-inspiring in the world, as glaciers and waterfalls spill out of the mountains all around us. We are likely to spot a wide variety of wildlife, possibly including eagles, bears, salmon, seals, otters, beavers, arctic terns and many others birds and mammals...
7-Day: June 24-30, July 10-16, Aug 4-10, 2018
6-Day and 8-Day: on demand only

Custom Dates Available for groups of 4 or more. Contact us for details.
Price: $5,375
Trip Length: 16 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 3
The Source to Sea Expedition is the ultimate Alaska Rafting Trip. Starting with a bush plane flight into the glacier at the headwaters of the Nizina River and ending on the delta of the mighty Copper River, this amazing journey will take you from the interior to the coast on the most amazing journey of your life.
July 1-16, July 26-August 10, 2018