Rafters will depart at the edge of Kennicott River, the rock-covered terminus of Kennicott Glacier. Within minutes after launching, they will careen through Class III rapids. Rapids continue for 45 minutes before the river gives way to a gentle float. At the junction of the Kennicott and Nizina Rivers, rafters are carried west, traversing a wide glacial valley that enters the deep, rock-walled Nizina River Canyon. For one hour they will maneuver through a wondrous maze, stopping at narrow sand bars and hidden beaches. Participants meet the bush plane on a gravel bar at the junction of the Nizina and Chitina Rivers. Flying high over the Kennicott and Root glaciers, participants retrace the rafting route two at a time, getting a birds-eye view of the icy maze below. The plane passes historic Kennecott, then descends to its final destination at the McCarthy airstrip.

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Expert Review of Nizina River

Parks and Outdoors Review of Nizina River

Away Travel Expert: Jeremy Pataky
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Sustainable Travel
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The lunch provided by the guides is excellent. Take the time to wander the river bars during lunch to hunt for bear and moose sign.
  • For a multi-day float trip, raft from McCarthy all the way to the village of Chitina at the confluence of the Chitina and Copper Rivers.
  • Don't hesitate to ask the bush pilot questions on the return flight to McCarthy. They are troves of information and experience.

McCarthy, Alaska
Price: $275 per person

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 888-933-5427
Email: info@steliasguides.com
Price Information: $275 per person
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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