Alsek River Rafting
|Rafting on Alsek Lake, Alaska (Corel)|
The Alsek and Tatshenshini are two arms of the same river. Both begin in Canada's Yukon Territory, and join before entering Alaska at the northern edge of Glacier Bay National Park. The upper Alsek arm offers big-time scenery. If you ever wondered what North America looked like when it was covered with glaciers, take this trip. This is a land of huge glaciers, ice dams, terminal moraines, and raging rivers. Four-mile-long and well-named Turnback Canyon is deemed unrunnable: Rafters must either take an arduous portage around it or jump it in a helicopter.
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