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Floating the braided glacial rivers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is unlike any other rafting experience. A trip in this remote region brings wilderness adventure to a new level.

Floating the braided glacial rivers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is unlike any other rafting experience. A trip in this remote region brings wilderness adventure to a new level. The extensive 13.2 million acre park located in Southeast Alaska is home to a vast array of wildlife easily viewed from silent boats drifting along on the current. Few visitors make these river treks each year, as the season is short, consisting of only three summer months, June, July and August, and the area is less frequently visited than other national parks, leaving much of this untouched terrain just waiting to be discovered.

Rafting in Wrangell-St. Elias, America?s largest national park, is an exciting adventure for all ages and all skill levels, and the trip is as active or as relaxing as you choose to make it. While much of the experience is gained from gliding along the churning, icy waters as they wend away from their glacial source in route to the sea, many rafting trips include time spent on the shores of these mighty rivers, where hiking, exploring or simply resting and enjoying the views are all pleasant possibilities.

An alternative to hiking and backpacking, rafting is a wonderful option for those interested in immersing themselves in a wilderness experience without the need for long treks and heavy packs. Designed for all types of adventurers, rafting trips in Wrangell-St. Elias are a combination of wildlife viewing, an up-close look at Alaska?s natural history and geology, rafting, hiking and flight seeing. The rivers most commonly run in the park are comprised of class I, II and III level rapids and are tributaries of the grand Copper River. Rafting the Copper is an adventure in and of itself, and is an option for those interested in longer trips, such as the Source to Sea Expedition.

Copper Oar is the only rafting guide service located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and they are available by phone and email year round to help design a trip that is best suited to your interests and desires. Guides with Copper Oar have been leading visitors safely along the park?s rivers since 1985 and their experience, professionalism and commitment to safety are evident in their knowledge of the area?s natural history and the ease and comfort of their river trips. Visit their website or contact them by phone or email to find out more about rafting with Copper Oar. From one day to fifteen day excursions, there?s sure to be an adventure just right for you.

Rafting journeys in Wrangell-St. Elias require little planning on the part of the visitor. No need to bring tents, backpacks or rafting gear, nor plan meals and bring heavy cooking equipment. Guides provide you with the necessary rafting essentials, such as dry bags to store clothing, tents, waterproof raingear and boots, camping chairs and gourmet, customized food, prepared especially with you in mind. Rafting allows adventure groups to carry more than would be possible when traveling by foot, and the huge rafts hold coolers in which fresh produce, meats, cheeses, chocolate and many other exciting options can be stored. In addition to non-cotton clothing, lots of layers and a camera, the visitor need only bring an enthusiasm for new experiences and a desire for adventure.

Most Wrangell-St. Elias rafting trips begin in McCarthy/Kennecott, located 60 miles from the town of Chitina and accessible by car or bush plane, although other locations are available as options and adventures can be customized to meet visitors? needs and interests. We hope you?ll come experience with us the unique and thrilling adventure that is rafting in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. See you soon!

Nina Winegar-Thurston
Copper Oar
1-800-523-4453



Location: Wrangell, Alaska - St. Elias National Park

Visit their website at Rafting at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Date of editor review: May 2, 2008

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