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Rafting Alaska's Copper River

A rafting trip can be a great way to get young folks outdoors. Photo: A. Meyers

The Copper River is a huge, cold,  glacial river. Waters from the Chugach, Wrangell, and St. Elias Mountains form the Copper’s braided flow into Prince William Sound. Beautiful scenery, the chance to learn about paddle and oar rafting, as well as natural and human history all make this an exciting and memorable alumni trip

The Copper is technically moderate, flowing the 100 miles from Chitina to Cordova at 9-12 miles per hour. The Copper’s eastern shore is Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Salmon return to the Copper River and its tributaries each year, and we expect to be able to fish in several locations. Bear, moose, and eagles all inhabit the forests alongside the river. Near the end of the trip, the Copper undercuts the Childs Glacier providing a spectacular display of ice falling 350 feet directly into the water. The last night is spent in Cordova, a beautiful fishing community on the shores of Prince William Sound.

This trip's skills begin with the basics— camping, cooking, map reading, stove use, Leave No Trace techniques, and sanitation— which are the foundation for any wilderness river travel. Instructors will cover rafting curriculum beginning with paddle strokes, group travel, raft rigging, and then move on to river hazards, reading water, and rescue techniques.

Rafting Alaska's Copper River
August 3-9, 2014
7 days
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(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty—weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult" —higher numbers indicate more challenge.)


Loading, unloading and paddling rafts can be hard work, especially in challenging weather.

Fly in/out:

Anchorage, AK

Additional Information:

Trip Description (pdf)

Equipment Guidelines (pdf)

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See the complete Equipment Guidelines for a thorough gear list.

Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at

A rafting trip can be a great way to get young folks outdoors. Photo: A. Meyers

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