Floating a river in a raft, canoe or kayak is possibly the best way to experience the remote wilderness in Alaska without having to carry all your gear.
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rivers have long been used as highways to remote parts of Alaska. In the summertime they
are a low impact way to see a great deal of country and wildlife without the crowds. These
floats can include day hikes along the rivers and ridges or gravel bars or as some prefer just
sitting in camp and absorbing the "bigness" of the country
Alaska is a place that is wild and huge and offers an incredible variety and terrain for true wilderness river expeditions. Choose one of the following river floats or contact us about any river in Alaska and we can arrange a custom trip for you and your family or friends on your time schedule and the location desired. Whether we use rafts, inflatables or folding kayaks depends on the river floated and the skill level of our guests.
We will custom design the perfect river adventure for you!
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We added this trip to our selection of kayaking trips in 2013 after taking a trip on it with wonderful clients from Arkansas in June of 2013. Previous trips had been cancelled due to a late spring and break-up on the northern rivers. We flew in with Dirk Nikisch/Coyote Air out of Coldfoot. It is a 3 hour flight from Coldfoot. It was 80 degrees when we landed on a gravel bar on the Kokolik on June 17th. The week that followed was hot and sunny, few moskitoes and we saw a herd of musk ox, small groups of caribou. The river was running really high due to the heat and 24 hour sunlight and snowmelt. The folding kayaks we brought worked out great and all we had to do was steer them down the river. We found wonderful campsites along some clear streams coming into the gray and silty Kokolik. Our last day on the water we saw thousands of caribou of the Western Arctic Herd walk over a distant ridge for hours. We paddled 85 river miles in 8 days. The hiking on the ridges that run perpendicular to the river was great, dry tundra, easy walking, with big distant views of rolling tundra hills. Along the river there are nesting birds of prey such as golden eagles, rough-legged hawks and falcons. We saw hundreds of Canada geese along the river as well. We saw two grizzly bears up close along the river. One stood up right next to the clients and ran while paddling on the river. The other wandered close to camp, looked at us and wandered off, a perfect bear encounter.One day we were sitting in camp and watched a small group of caribou swim the river right in front of us.If you are interested in a trip on this remote seldom visited region please contact us about dates for 2014. We would love to go back there for a second trip!
This is another great river trip in the Northern Brooks Range.This combination trip takes us into the Brooks Range where we will hike over Carter Pass, then put in on the clear Marsh Fork and float into the main branch of the murky Canning River which makes its way north to the arctic coast.The Canning River forms the western boundary for the controversial area1002 of the Arctic Refuge near the arctic coast being considered for oil exploration and oil development.
The trip starts with a flight from Coldfoot and drop-off in the Philip Smith Mountains. We will hike over Carter Pass and into the headwaters of the Marsh Fork.
This trip 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.
Wildlife like moose, bear, caribou and an incredible variety of waterfowl inhabit this area.We will hike and explore alpine meadows in the high country surrounding the lake before descending the clear swift waters of the Chilikadrotna River.
season: mid June- late July
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 is one of Alaska's vast and untouched National Parks. With folding kayaks we will explore this area that is home to bears, moose, caribou, wolves and other wildlife. We will enjoy the solitude in this magnificent park a hike and explore hidden valleys, tundra, waterfalls and enjoy nature in the spirit of Dick Proenneke. From Anchorage we will take a scenic bush flight to the small community of Port Alsworth and from there a short bushflight to the Twin Lakes area.
Charley River Rafting Trip
This is a great Class III rafting trip on a clear and swift river in the Interior of Alaska.
The Yukon Charley Rivers 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.
season: mid June-mid July
This river in the Brooks Range is a great river trip for beginner paddlers that want to see a river in the Brooks Range.The John River flows south from Anaktuvuk Pass through Alaska's Brooks Range to the Koyukuk River just below Bettles. We start this trip with a flight to Coldfoot and from we we take a bush plane to the put-in on the John River at Hunt Fork.
Visit the last great wilderness on earth. ANWR with over 19 million acres has been much debated over, especially the coastal plains which are the calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd, 130,000 animals strong. They migrate to the coastal plains where females have their calves. Join us on this 10 day trip in the spectacular Brooks Range, with some exciting whitewater, exceptional fishing, spectacular scenery and the possibility of seeing caribou. We have plenty of time to hike on ridges and into lonely valleys and observe wildlife such as Dall sheep, moose, bear and wolves and musk ox.From the heart of the Brooks Range we make our way towards the coast where we will be picked up by a small bush plane at Caribou Pass. The section we float is entirely in the mountains and offers some of the best trail less hiking Alaska has to offer.
tour dates: June or August
season: June- August ( best month to see caribou is mid to late June)
We offer this river trip with a raft or double folding kayaks for paddlers with experience on moving water. The North Fork of the Koyukuk flows south through a broad, glacially carved valley beside the Endicott Mountains in the Central Brooks Range. It is a clearwater river designated as " National Wild and Scenic River" and flows through dramatic peaks and through the "Gates of the Arctic" between Boreal Mountain and Frigid Crags named by Rob Marshall in 1929.
This trip leads us into the remote Gates of the Arctic National Park and into the famous Arrigetch Peaks.The Arrigetch Peaks are a cluster of rugged granite spires in the Endicott Mountains of the central Brooks Range in northern Alaska. The name Arrigetch means 'fingers of the outstretched hand' in the Inupiat language. The peaks ring the glacial cirques at the head of the Kobuk River and 2 tributaries of the Alatna River. From Coldfoot along the Dalton Highway we take a bushplane flight into the Arrigetch region along the upper Alatna. This trip offers an outstanding wilderness experience. We will hike into the Arrigetch Peaks region where we will set up a basecamp to explore different valleys and visit some beautiful lakes on day hikes. After 5 days of exploring unspoiled wilderness we will return to the Alatna River, where we will assemble our boats. 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.
season: June- September