Alsek River Rafting
Rafting: Alsek River, Alaska
Rafting on Alsek Lake, Alaska (Corel)
Alsek River Rafting at a Glance
Price: $$$
River Rapid Class: III-IV
Trip in Miles: 140 miles
Trip Duration: 9 to 12 days
Season: June-September
Raft Types: Oar Raft, Paddle Raft
River Sections: Haines Junction (Yukon) to Dry Bay (Alaska)
Driving Times: Canada/travel-vacation-11-2638-Whitehorse.html">Whitehorse (Canada): 3 hours

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.

Published: 4 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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