River Floating and Boating

Two people in a rubber boat rafting the Copper River through a canyon.
Rafting the Copper River can be a fun and rewarding adventure.

NPS Photo- Bryan Petrtyl

The rivers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve offer visitors adventure and solitude. Beauty is all around you. However, a river trip in Wrangell-St. Elias is a remote, backcountry experience. There are hazards in these waters that are rarely encountered outside of Alaska. You must be self-sufficient and prepared. If you've never guided your own river trip, we don't recommend that your first time be here. Instead, go with one of the several guide companies that offer float trips in Wrangell-St. Elias.

  • Leave No Trace- The rivers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park are some of the last wild and pristine rivers in the United States and the park needs your help to keep them that way.
  • River Use Tips- Important information to know If you plan to do your own river trip. Note, all river trips require time spent in the backcountry.
  • River Trips- Route descriptions and maps for several float trip options in the national park and preserve.
  • Sea Kayaking- Wrangell-St. Elias offers 155 miles of coast for kayaking. These trips can be hazardous, difficult, and require advance logistics, but they are often the adventure of a lifetime.

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573


(907) 822-5234

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