|Trip Type:||6 Day Wilderness River Raft|
|Season:||Mid August - Mid September|
|Start Time:||8:00 am check-in|
|Location:||Chitina to Cordova|
|River Grade:||Class II & III Whitewater|
|Age Limit:||Can be adjusted to accommodate all family ages from minimum 5 years.|
|Price:||$2,900 / person|
For the Copper River trip you will be picked up at your Anchorage hotel.
An unparalled deep backcountry rafting experience!
Our Copper River trip traces the historical path used by the first Alaska explorers, native traders and the copper miners, to penetrate through the massive Chugach Mountain Range from the interior to the coast.
Childs Glacier near Cordova. Alaska’s fourth largest river travels from the dry interior climate to the temperate rainforest along Prince William Sound. Its route through the Chugach Mountains, bordering the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, is the main flyway for most of the waterfowl in North America during early summer and fall.
A world class spectacle of glaciers, icebergs and wildlife. Railway relics of the turn of the century copper mining era combine to make this journey a wilderness experience rich with human history. In fact, the United Nations named the Copper River delta a World Heritage Site!
Call us for more detailed information on this 120 mile trip from Chitina to Cordova.
River Wrangellers - Our affiliate company in Copper Center runs day trips and fishing excursions in the Copper River Basin.
So you can better understand the classification of rivers and decide whether it will be suitable for you, we have listed the six classes as provided by the American Whitewater Affiliation, along with our professional opinion and policy for suitability. (Please note: these descriptions and ratings listed for individual rivers, can vary considerably with differing water levels. Please use the ratings as a general guideline only).
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Easy. Fast-moving water with riffles and small waves. Suitable for anyone age 5 and older, including the physically challenged.
Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily avoided. Suitable for same as class I.
Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid. Large waves and strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Injuries while swimming are rare. Suitable for those who don't mind getting a little wet, otherwise same as class I and II.
Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passagesdemanding fast maneuvers under pressure. risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self rescue difficult. Suitable for those 12 and older, in good physical condition, and comfortable with the remote prospect of swimming for self rescue. With NOVA's experienced guides, this level is recommended for first-timers as well as those with prior experience.
Obstructed or very violent rapids which expose a participant to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, conjested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. Suitable for those who are comfortable with water, able to swim and in good physical condition. NOVA requires all participants to engage in a supervised practice self rescue river swim ( with lifejacket and dry suit, of course) before the trip to help demistyfy the experience. Minimum age 16 years.
These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty. Experts only! Rescues may be impossible. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.