The Tatshenshini River is one of the most scenic rivers for rafting in Alaska. With it's headwaters located in the Yukon Territory, the Tatshenshini is the primary tributary of the Alsek River, and has a lot of the same beautiful glacier and mountain and scenery but on a smaller, more profound and intimate river. Most trips are 10-12 days and covers 140-160 miles.
Its combination of incredible wildlife and dazzling scenery make it a complete fantasy right out of a Jack London Novel. This rafting trip begins in the Yukon Territory. It streams from British Columbia into Alaska and eventually into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
It is a place still caught in the grip of the last ice age, a place where the amazing forces of glaciation are still at work. In fact this is the area where the "Iceman" was discovered with his ancient spear and finely woven hat poking through the melting edge of a glacier high in Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park.
- Wild flowers bloom all summer
- Berries carpet the hillsides
- Mushrooms abound in the forests
- Alder, birch, evergreens, and cottonwood
- Mountain goat and dally sheep
- Brown bear, wolves, lynx, wolverine, and black bear
- Moose, ducks, geese, and swans
- Eagles, falcons, and a variety of hawks and kingfishers
- Salmon fight the swift current of the Tat River to return to the same spawning grounds in which they were originally born.
Scenic Features while Whitewater Rafting on the Tatshenshin River in Alaska:
One rafter commented, "I don't think I ever set foot on shore without seeing tracks of some kind of animal, usually wolf or bear."
Wildest of all rivers offers stops along the way
Floating the wild Tatshenshini River takes you through a world of ice and grizzlies, past a copper mountian they call Windy Craggy and past the town of Whitehorse.
You will put in near Dalton Post (named after Jack Dalton, 19th-century adventurer), a tiny settlement near Kluane National Park on the RV route to Haines, Alaska-last chance for tabloids, telephones, or toothpaste until your disembarkment at Dry Bay, Alaska, 160 miles distant. There can be nothing tentative about entering the swift and muscular Tatshenshini.
If you bring it in, you take it out
As one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Alaska, the Tatshenshini-Alsek River system is so carefully protected that government regulations require tourists to carry out everything they bring with them.
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