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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Alsek River

Location: Yukon Region of Alaska

No where else on earth can you find the vast expanses of mind-blowing nature than Alaska. The Yukon rafting region encompasses four national parks: Kluane National Park Reserve, Glacier National Park, Wrangell St. Elias National park, and the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park. The area is home to many rivers, but two of the most popular for whitewater rafting are the incomparable Alsek and Tatshenshini, whose confluence is considered by many to be one of the most special places on earth. Expeditions on the Alsek River are one of the more highly coveted trips for whitewater rafters from all corners of the globe. In a region of spectacular rivers, the Alsek stands out for its amazing scenery, beautiful water, and rich wildlife.

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Level of Difficulty: Class II-III / Beginner

Alsek River rafting trips consist primarily of Class II and III rapids, punctuated by one Class IV rapid called Lava North, in a nod to the famous Lava rapid on the Colorado River. The fast water of the Alsek rushes through glacially-carved valleys, past calving icebergs in the shadow of majestic peaks.

Wildlife: Moose, Wolves, and Bears

Wildlife sightings are abundant on the Alsek. Rafters will see eagles soar high above herds of Mountain Goats and lone bears foraging for food on the banks of the river. Moose and packs of wolves are also commonly seen on Alsek expeditions.

Season: June and July

Alsek River rafting trips are lengthy expeditions lasting for at least a week. Trips are available in the summer months of June and July.