The rivers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve offer a remote, backcountry experience. There are hazards in these waters that are rarely encountered outside of Alaska. If you've never led your own river trip, we don't recommend that your first time be here. Instead, go with a guide company.
Almost all of the rivers in Wrangell-St. Elias National are glacial and have challenging whitewater. Glacial rivers carry an extremely high level of silt, typically making it impossible to see the river bottom. Spring run-off, heavy rain, and hot temperatures can cause quick, dramatic change in water levels. These rivers are extremely cold and hypothermia is a danger even after a brief submersion, regardless of air temperature. Always wear a drysuit and a personal floatation device (pfd).
Last updated: June 26, 2019