Wild and remote, the Copper River offers first class chances to spot grizzly bears grazing on wild berries or hunting the side creeks for those prized Copper River salmon. Eagle sightings along the River corridor are second to none, along with close up viewings of seals that swim over 100 miles up stream in pursuit of the salmon ... More info ›
Wild and remote, the Copper River offers first class chances to spot grizzly bears grazing on wild berries or hunting the side creeks for those prized Copper River salmon. Eagle sightings along the River corridor are second to none, along with close up viewings of seals that swim over 100 miles up stream in pursuit of the salmon. The copper river is the quintessential scenic Alaska river rafting experience, soaring mountain scapes, cascading waterfalls and glaciers that calve directly into the mighty river, it is Alaskan wilderness on its grandest scale.
We begin our journey in the small Alaskan town of Chitina, formerly a railroad town along the historic Copper River Northwestern Railroad, a now defunct rail line that connected the historic copper deposits of Kennecott with the Port town of Cordova. Over the course of thirty years the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad transported more than 3 million dollars worth of copper ore to market, on its way to the smelting plants in Tacoma, Washington. Remnants of this railroad, the first to pierce into Alaska’s interior, are encountered throughout our trip.
As we leave the relative flats of the Copper River Basin, we enter Woods Canyon where the steep walls are lined with hopeful fishermen, often the last people the we encounter for the next five days, trying to get a few of those great Copper River Salmon, like the Grizzlies, to fill their bellies and feed family through the long Alaska winter’s. After emerging from Woods Canyon we float into the Chugach Mountains, a chain of coastal mountains known for their high yearly winter snowfall which results in an astonishing number of glaciers beyond compare. Many people comment that it is the only river that appears to get deeper into the mountains the further downstream you float.
As the mountains rise around us and the river tumbles toward the ocean, glaciers, many still unnamed, began to make their way closer to river level culminating with the Childs and Miles Glaciers which simultaneously meet us at river level towards the end of our trip. Along the way we float passed the Bremner sand dunes, five miles long and over a mile wide, the peculiar “peninsula,” a lone mountain isolated by the force of glaciers carving the the area on all sides around it away, and countless amounts of wildlife to fill a camera with.
Float passed the Childs Glacier into the beginning of the massive Copper River Delta, an area so large that the state of Rhode Island will fit inside of it. We spend spend one last night enjoying the changing scenery and and on the last day take out at Flag Point, a short drive from Cordova, Alaska at the last bridge before the river flows into the Gulf of Alaska.
As far as scenic Alaska river rafting trips, the Copper River is truly second to none!