Chitina River Journey

The perfect Alaska Rafting Trip
for all ages and abilities

This is the shortest and most affordable of our multi-day rafting trips, but still features spectacular scenery and remote wilderness. The journey begins near the headwaters of the Kennicott River, only half a mile below the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier. We float the splashy rapids of the Kennicott and merge into the Nizina, which narrows to a steep-walled canyon, a highlight of the trip. On the second day, the Nizina joins the Chitina and the valley spreads wide as we turn west, skirting the Chugach Mountains. We will stop at clear streams and sloughs to search for spawning salmon and keep our eyes peeled for the grizzlies and eagles that feed on them. The last day we will end our river journey at the confluence of the Copper River, near the tiny town of Chitina.

Highlights:

  • 200 ft walls and Class III whitewater of the Nizina Canyon
  • Expansive views of the Wrangell Mountains
  • Eagles, salmon and possible bear sightings
  • Open riverside camps and great food!

This trip can be done in three or four days, depending on client preference. Four days allows more time for hiking and lounging about camp, while travelers trying to conserve time may prefer the three day option.

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