Difficulty: Medium - adventurous people in good condition
Dates: 7-Day: June 23-29, July 9-15, Aug 7-13, 2019
6-Day and 8-Day: on demand only
Custom Dates Available for groups of 4 or more. Contact us for details.
Price: $2,450 (6 days), $2,700 (7 days), $2,950 (8 days)
O'Brien Creek, Chitina: Beginning of Copper River Expedition
Flag Point, Cordova: End of Copper River Expedition
Chitina Airport: Possible starting point for Copper Trip depending on water level and logistics.
Dewey Creek and Cleve Creek: Good campsites and fun side hiking options.
The Penninsula: Prominent land feature sticking up between the Copper and Bremner Rivers.
Bremner Sand Dunes: Sand dunes between the Bremner and Copper Rivers - fun stop in good weather. Not so fun in the wind!
Baird Canyon: Narrows above Abercrombie Rapids and Miles Lake. A great side hike in here.
Abercrombie Rapids: Big Class III Wave-train that dumps into Miles Lake. Common to see grizzlies fishing along the banks!
Miles Lake: Flat section of river full of icebergs and framed by the mighty faces of the Miles and Childs Glaciers and the Million Dollar Bridge.
Million Dollar Bridge: Historic bridge built for the Copper River and Northwester Railroad.
Miles Glacier: Huge Glacier that calves into Miles Lake. We commonly camp near the face and can hike even closer. We hear it booming and calving all night!
Child's Glacier: We will float right past the 300-ft high face of this glacier as it drops into the river.
Copper River Delta: The river gets wider and wider as it approaches the ocean.
Cordova, AK: Quaint fishing village not accessible by road. We recommend that you spend at least one night. You can return to Anchorage or Valdez by plane or ferry daily.
Woods Canyon: Narrow canyon serves as the doorway to the inner Chugach Mountains.
Copper River Rafting: Scenery With Scale
Rafting in Alaska on the Copper River, through one of the world's most dramatic canyons, will render a lifetime of memories. This river trip floats 100 miles towards the sea, allowing for a classic passage from the heart of Alaska's majestic mountains to the sparkling Prince William Sound. Simply put, there is no better way to experience the Alaskan wilderness than on Alaska's Copper River.
We offer this trip in 6 and 7-day itineraries. The seven day adventure allows time for more hiking alongside the river and most likely two nights in one location, where we can sit back and take the time to just soak in the magnificent landscape or enjoy a longer hike. This trip can be combined with our Grand Alaska Adventure for an unforgettable 11 or 12-day Alaska wilderness journey.
Each day of the Copper River rafting trip brings new topography and vistas, all spectacular and awe-inspiring. Glaciers crowd the river, trees pepper the hillsides, wildlife roams the shore, and side-canyon rivers spill crystal clear water into the glacially-silted Copper. The river grows and grows, eventually reaching flows up to ten times those regularly found in the Grand Canyon. Day after incredible day, we are able to enjoy the power of the Copper River and observe the wild nature of this region.
- Float from interior Alaska to the coast
- Huge waterfalls and glaciers calving into the river
- Grizzlies, eagles, salmon, seals, and more
- Comfortable camps with freshly prepared food
6 Days: $2,450 per person; 7 Days: $2,700 per person; 8 Days: $2,950 per person