— Copper River —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 8 Days
  • Total Mileage: 100mi
  • Whitewater: Class II-III
  • Launch: Chitina, Alaska
  • Take out: Cordova, Alaska
  • Max Participants: 12
  • Min Age: 8 yrs old
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $10,900
    • Private 2 Participant – $6,575/person
    • 3 Participants – $4,625/person
    • 4-6 Participants – $3,160/person
    • 7-9 Participants – $2,650/person
    • 10-12 Participants – $2,810/person
      Group Trip Rates determined by # of Participants
  • Group Trip Dates:
    June 24-30, 2023
    July 22-28, 2023
    Aug 12-18, 2023
    Private Trips with custom dates are available.
  • Trip Itinerary / Download PDF
  • Equipment List 
  • Photo Gallery

Thank you so much for the Copper River Trip. It was fabulous. The guides were the best I've ever been with. I've done a lot of river trips and this was the best!

N. Magee Rafting Copper River Trip

The quintessential Alaskan river trip!

The Copper River is the only waterway to cut through the mighty Chugach Mountains, from the dry interior of the Wrangell-St. Elias to the lush Copper River Delta, just miles from the salty waters of Prince William Sound. The changing landscape includes everything you think of when you think “Alaska” – white-capped mountains, glaciers calving into the water, wildlife sightings and the world-famous salmon run! The historic waterway allows access to spectacular terrain and unforgettable views, making this the quintessential Alaskan rafting trip!

Trip Highlights:

  • Changing scenery and a variety of vistas
  • Good chances of wildlife sightings and world-class birding
  • Short and rugged hikes break up each day of rafting
  • A great option for larger groups
  • Explore the historic and remote coastal fishing town of Cordova


What’s Included?

  • Customized trip planning
  • Logistics consultation*
  • Your professional guide(s) – 3:1 ratio
  • Orientation and a Gear Shakedown
  • All the food on the trip – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Group and personal rafting gear (PFDs, dry bags, boats, etc)
  • Group camping gear (camp kitchen, groover, tents**)

*Upgrade to a Trip Package and have logistics included with your trip!
**You are welcome to bring your own 3-season tent if you prefer

What’s not Included?

  • Gratuities
  • Personal camping and hiking gear (see Equipment List)
  • Logistics surrounding your trip


You’ll need to be in Chitina by 1pm on launch day. In Chitina, you’ll meet your guides, repack your gear into dry bags and make sure you are fully prepared to head into the backcountry. If you are driving plan on a 5hr drive from Anchorage and know that there is a place to leave your vehicle near Chitina for the duration of the river trip.

The trip ends in the remote town of Cordova. There is no road access to Cordova, however, you can travel to Anchorage or other Alaskan destinations from Cordova via commercial flights, bush planes or the Alaska Marine Highway (ferry system).

Any luggage you don’t want to bring on the river with you can be stowed in our van and it will meet you in Cordova by the end of the float.

Many adventurers like to start the trip with a few days in McCarthy/Kennecott, accessing the interior or WSENP, enjoying local hikes and activities, and getting more historical context for the trip down the Copper. Check out our Transportation Page to learn how to get to and from McCarthy. Check out our Lodging Page for lodging recommendations in the area.

Trip Package

If you are planning your trip +2 months before your trip start date, upgrade to a Trip Package! A Trip Package will include transportation to/from McCarthy, local lodging, and any other local activities you’re interested in. We charge a non-refundable $50 Trip Package fee per person for this service.


Get in Touch!

Looking to book a Private Trip or are not sure if this is the right trip for you? Schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator  – she’ll help you narrow down which trip is best for you and answer any questions you have about our trips, the local area, or surrounding logistics!
CLICK HERE to schedule a call at a time that works well for you.

“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”

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