Kongakut River Rafting

Price: $$$
River Rapid Class: I-III
Trip in Miles: 100 miles
Trip Duration: 10 days
Season: June-July
Raft Types: Oar Raft, Paddle Raft
Nearby Towns: Arctic Village (AK)
Gateway City: Arctic Village (AK)
Driving Times: Air charter from Fairbanks (AK) or Prudhoe Bay (AK) to Arctic Village

Like the Hulahula, the Kongakut cuts through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Brooks Range. The wild ride ends where the river spills out into the Arctic Ocean, a journey through some of the most pristine country on Earth. Highlights may include sightings of grizzlies, Dall sheep, wolves, and ANWR’s vast Porcupine caribou herd as it migrates north. River-rafting trips are generally quite leisurely, with 24 hours of daylights and plenty added time for side trips to hike the surrounding ridgelines and to take photographs. Access is usually via the Native community of Arctic Village, from where you’ll hop another bush plane for the put-in to the upper Kongakut.

Published: 18 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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