Copper Oar is a whitewater rafting and adventure travel company based in McCarthy, Alaska, in the heart of the largest protected wilderness area on earth, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We are committed to sharing the wilderness of Alaska by outfitting exceptional rafting, hiking, glacier, and wildlife adventure travel trips.
About the name… Copper Oar is so called because of the rich history that copper has played in this region, from prehistoric times to today. And, virtually all of the rivers we run are tributaries to Alaska’s most dramatic and historic Copper River.
Copper Oar was founded by Howard Mozen, a McCarthy resident who has been teaching natural history through guided rafting and hiking trips in the Wrangell St- Elias National Park since 1985. Copper Oar has been shaped out of a love of sharing the beauty of this remarkable wilderness, along with a desire to explore the natural history. It is now owned and operated by Wayne Marrs, life-long outdoor enthusiast and owner of St. Elias Alpine Guides, and Gaia Marrs, who grew up running these rivers with Copper Oar nearly from the time she could walk.
Our base in McCarthy serves as the ideal starting point to explore the vast wilderness, visit the old ghost towns of McCarthy and Kennicott, and get out onto the adjacent rivers and glaciers for unique outdoor experiences. After many years of taking travelers on floating and hiking adventures, Copper Oar has created an exceptional combination of hiking, rafting, wildlife, and flightseeing packages that give our clients a well-crafted, home grown journey. We invite you to read through our itineraries and call, write or e-mail us if you have questions or would like to join us on an Alaska adventure travel tour.