— Nizina Fly, Raft & Hike —

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Everyone should have the opportunity to see and do what we did. I highly recommend Copper Oar! This was a trip of a lifetime.

Susan H Nizina River Raft, Hike & Fly - 2006

Fly-in Wilderness Hiking and Alaska Whitewater Rafting

Surrounded by ice-capped peaks and rocky crags, you’ll be in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park when the bush plane drops you off at the toe of the Nizina Glacier. In front of you is Nizina Lake, filled with sparkling blue and white icebergs (some bigger than a house!). This is wilderness, and since less than a dozen people float this stretch of river in any given year, you’ll be able to fully relax and savor the remoteness. After a day of exploring the lake side, and rowing around the lake checking out the icebergs, you’ll head downriver for four more jam-packed days of hiking and rafting before yet another bush plane picks you up for the flightsee back to McCarthy.

Breathtaking scenery abounds on this trip. The enormous scale of the Wrangell, St. Elias, and Chugach mountains will challenge the comprehension of the senses. Exploration options are endless. The relaxed hiker can wander at will on moderate terrain to marvel at the beauty of the landscape. Adventurous souls can roam far and wide and push themselves to tackle the challenges that only backcountry hiking in Alaska can provide.

A classic Alaska expedition, this trip is accentuated by sparkling side rivers, rare and fascinating geology, good wildlife viewing opportunities, delicious fresh cooked meals, and idyllic riverside camp sites.

Those seeking a medium length Alaska whitewater rafting trip into a place less traveled should consider this trip!

Trip Highlights:

  • TWO Bush Plane Flightsee’s
  • Mile High Cliffs
  • Nizina Lake Icebergs
  • Chitistone River Valley Hiking
  • Nizina Canyon Rapids

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

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