Multi Day Wilderness River Floats on many of Alaska's rivers 7-21 days
Our rivers have long been used as highways to remote parts of Alaska. They are a low impact way to see a great deal of country and wildlife. These floats can include day hikes along the river or as some prefer just sitting in camp sipping wine and absorbing the "bigness" of the country around them. Some rivers are glacial and are higher during hot weather others get more snowmelt. River levels vary throughout the summer. Rivers in the arctic stay frozen longer in the year. Also rivers tend to change their course over time. We choose our location by time of the year and interests of the guests.Remote river floats in Alaska often require a bushflights to get to and from the put-in/take-out and are therefore expensive. If you are looking for a true wilderness adventure away from the crowds you definetley want to do such a trip.
Alaska is a place that is wild and huge and offers an incredible variety and terrain for wilderness river expeditions.
Prices start at $150.00 per day per person depending on location and degree of luxury desired.
Two person minimum .
Rivers we offer:
Contact us for more detailed information on any of these trips and we can custom design your trip.
Join us for a day trip on the Matanuska River in the scenic Matanuska Valley between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, only an hour and half from Anchorage. We will be hiking on the Matanuska Glacier before we descend down the river from the Glacier Park to the King Mountain Campground where a hearty BBQ awaits us. This trip is great for families. Same day booking possible.
duration: 6-8 hours
The Yukon Charley National Preserve encompasses 2.5 mio acres.The river cuts through high plateau tundra and valleys untouched by glaciation during the ice age.This is also the home of the Fortymile caribou herd and we have plenty of opportunity to watch wildlife.The area is wilder and less populated than it was 80 years ago during the Kondike gold rush. Our trip starts after a landing in a small wheelplane on the primitive upper Charley landing strip.There is good hiking opportunities in the upper stretches.After the first three days on the clear and swift Charley River we join the mighty Yukon River where we get to see historic old camps and cabin sites of trappers and prospectors. We also get to see modern subsistence lifestyle with fish camps and fishwheels on the Yukon before we reach the small town of Circle.
duration: 7 days
This trips starts from Anchorage with a scenic flight to Port Alsworth into Lake Clark National Park. A floatplane will take us from Port Alsworth and drop us off at the scenic Twin Lakes area where Dick Preonnecke spent 30 years alone in the wilderness. Spectacular jagged peaks cradle Twin Lakes. This trip offers a true wilderness experience in wild unspoiled land with galciers,volcanoes, waterfalls and wildlife like moose, bear, caribou and an incredible veriety of waterfowl.We will hike and explore alpine meadows in the high country surrounding the lake before descending the clear swift waters of the Chilikadrotna River.
duration: 7 days
Pristine wilderness and the legacy of Dick Proeneke who spent 30 years alone in this wilderness,awaits us underneath jagged peaks and crystal clear waters of Twin Lakes. This area is only accessable by bushplane and one of Alaska's vast and untouched National Parks. With folding kayaks we will explore this area that is home to bears, moose, caribou and more. We will enjoy the solitude in this magnificent land a hike and explore hidden valleys, tundra, waterfalls and enjoy nature in the spirit of Dick Proenneke. From Anchorage we will take a scnic bush flight to the small community of Port Alsworth and from there a short bushflight to the Twin Lakes area.
duration: 7 days
The Yukon Charley National Preserve encompasses 2.5 mio acres.The river cuts through high plateau tundra and valleys untouched by glaciation during the ice age.This is also the home of the Fortymile caribou herd and we have plenty of opportunity to watch wildlife.The area is wilder and less populated than it was 80 years ago during the Kondike gold rush. Our trip starts after a landing in a small wheelplane on the primitive upper Charley landing strip.There is good hiking opportunities in the upper stretches .After the first three days on the clear and swift Charley River we join the mighty Yukon River where we get to see historic old camps and cabin sites of trappers and prospectors. We also get to see modern subsistence lifestyle with fish camps and fishwheels on the Yukon before we reach the small town of Circle.
duration: 7-9 days
The Noatak River drains the largest river basin in North America. It flows from the flanks of Mt. Igikpak at 8.510 feet the highest peak of the western Brooks Range and lies entirely above the arctic cicle..As one of Alaska's least traveled areas, the Noatak offers pure wilderness and remoteness.The Noatak is a national wild and scenic river.It is virtually unaffected by human activity. We will start this trip with a scheduled flight to Kotzebue. From here floatplane will drop us off at one of the upper lakes.This trip will lead us through the 65 miles of the Grand Canyon of the Noatak to Noatak village.This trip can be done as a shorter version of 10 days and a takeout at Cutler River without the Noatak canyon.
duration: 10 days-21 days
difficulty: overnighting in tents, very remote
Visit the last great wildnerness on earth. ANWR with and over 19 million acres has been much debated over, especially area 1002 which are the calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd 130,000 animals strong. They migrate to the coastal plains and back to the wintering grounds in the Yukon every year. Join us for the 12 day trip in the spectacular Brooks Range, with some whitewater, fishing, spectacular scenery and the possibility of seeing caribou. We have plenty of time to hike up valleys and watch wildlife. From the Brooks Range we make our way towards the coast where we will be picked up by a small bush plane.
duration: 12 days
The Hulahula flows north glacial valleys, rugged mountains, rolling tundra and finally through a breathtaking canyon before reaching the coastal plains and the Arctic Ocean. This is an opportinity to see ANWR, battleground between oil lobbyists and environmental groups, an area that has been much debated about in the last 20 years about drilling for oil. The coastal plains are the calving grounds of the 130.000 strong porcupine caribou herd.Development would destroy one of the most pristine and vast pieces of arctic tundra left in the US. Class III rapids.
duration: 12 days
The North Fork of the Koyukuk flows south for 102 miles through broad, glacially carved valleys beside the Endicott Mountains in the Central Brooks Range. A clearwater river it flows through dramatic peaks and through the "Gates of the Arctic" between Boreal Mountain and Frigid Crags named by Rob Marshall in 1929.We will start this trip from Fairbanks with a bush plane flight to Bettles and from here via chartered wheelplane to Kachwona Creek our py-in for this float. We will have several days to float and explore this beautiful area on a leisurely schedule.
duration: 9 days
The John River begins on the south side of the Arctic Divide and flows 145 miles south through alpine tundra and forested valleys.The scenery is breathtaking and spectacular as it makes its wayfrom its headwaters at Soukpak Mountain to Bettles, a small native village. The area is an important migration route for the Western Arctic caribou herd. We start this trip from Fairbanks with a scheduled flight to Anaktuvuk Pass.
duration: 10 days
This trip leads us into the remote Gates of the Arctic National Park.It offers an outstanding wilderness experience with hiking opportinities, especially in the upper half of the ricer.After a bush flight we will have 12 days to hike into the Arrigetch Peaks region and explore unspoiled wilderness. A float down the clear and beautiful Alatna River will give our legs time to rest and take in the beauty around us.This trip starts and finishes in Fairbanks. A bush flight will take us to the small comminity of Bettles and a floatplane will bring us to Circle Lake our starting point. We will take 12 days to enjoy this remote and beautiful part of the Brooks Range.
duration: 12 days
Aniakchak River Volcano Expedition, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
One of the wildest rivers in Alaska flows out of the Aniakchak Caldera, 2,000 foot deep vulcanic blowhole. It exits Surprise Lake through a narrow gap plunging through the Gates and flows only to the ocean. If you are looking for remote wilderness, solitude wild weather and wild water this trip is for you. The river is only 32 miles long. We will have plenty of time to explore the vulcanic area looking for plant species returning to the area after the 1931 eruption. Before the explosion Anianchak was a 7,000 foot mountain, now a caldera measuring 6 miles across from rim to rim. We will take a scheduled airplane from Anchorage to King Salmon and from there a floatplane into Surprise Lake.
season: late June/July
duration: 8 days
difficulty: very remote area, severe weather