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Copper Oar Rafting Day Trip
Ranked #4 of 6 things to do in McCarthy
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Owner description: Copper Oar has been offering wilderness rafting and multi-sport adventures in Alaska’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias, for over 20 years. Our one-day "raft and flightsee" trip features spectacular views, fun class II-III rapids, the magnificent Nizina Canyon, and a stunning bush plane flight from the river's edge back to McCarthy. We also offer multi-day wilderness adventures and multi-sport package trips. Copper Oar specializes in professional, personable guides, an in-depth knowledge of the local human and natural history, great food, and creating adventures of a lifetime!
Reviewed July 27, 2011

We did the day tour with flight-seeing at the end. Jules was our guide and he was outstanding. Once he determined that all 4 of us were enjoying the biggest waves, he hit as many as possible. (The water was fairly high that day.) Lunch was outstanding and the staff were great about accommodating my gluten intolerance, even picking lettuce out of their garden to substitute for the wheat wrap. We wished we could do it again the next day! Some advice: wear really warm socks and bring fleece to change into at the end. Long underwear will also keep you warmer in the ice-cold raft. While heavy rain is fairly unusual, on our trip, it poured for the entire afternoon. We were all soaked, even through our waterproof clothing. While my husband and I stayed warm, one member of our party was on the verge of hypothermia, because she didn't have dry clothing for the flight-seeing at the end. One of the staff lent her fleece, and then she was fine. Also, bouncing around a cold rubber raft for 6 hours is fairly strenuous and not for the seriously out-of-shape.

Thank aeh223
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

We booked a raft trip with Copper Oar for a one day raft trip from McCarthy. The trip was guided by Gaia & Dale. Their expert paddling and local knowledge made for a relaxing and educational trip. Lunch was presented on a tablecloth covered rolling table with a delicious spread on the bank of the river.

The water was at most class 2 and very relaxing with just enough wave to add some excitement. We returned to McCarthy by bushplane (DeHavilland Beaver).

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Reviewed June 8, 2011

Our rafting adventure was the highlight of our Alaska trip. Copper Oar is very safety conscience with a friendly customer sevice. We have been to many national parks but Wrangell-St. Elias is the most impressive with its mountian peaks. The flight back to McCarthy was awesome.

Thank honey60363
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

Our family of 4 (kids aged 8 and 11) did a 3day/2night wilderness rafting trip with Copper Oar that was fantastic. Top notch all the way. We've done multiday rafting trips in Utah and Idaho before and the trip we took in Alaska compared very well to those trips and had a completely diffferent feel to it. Well worth the money. We started by flying in a bush plane from Chitina to McCarthy and an overnight in McCarthy (which was a great experience in itself! Loved the amazing tasting menu restaurant there!) We put in in McCarthy just down river from the Kennicott glacier and ended up in Chitina after 3 days on the river. We didn't see a single person the whole time, just a bear, a couple of moose and lots of bald eagles. Great bouncy water the first day then smooth floats the second and third day and the water volume increased and the river bed spread out. We camped at two different spots on the river and were fed great meals by our guides Jules and Dale. Oddly enough, the camping was one of the highlights. It was so serene to be out in the middle of nowhere watching the sun set (sort of) and the rise (again, sort of) with craggy mountains and huge vistas all around us. We had fun spotting bear tracks (black and brown) and moose tracks. The gear provided to us was great and handled the cold nights well -- I never felt cold. We didn't have to bring sleeping bags and tents and such since Copper Oar provided it all for us (small charge for the bags I think.) Our kids LOVED the whole experience and we'd all go back in a heartbeat and do another trip with Copper Oar. The rafting was a wonderful way to get away from everybody else and experience Alaksa in a very intimate and awe inspiring way.

1  Thank Frah4
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

We really liked our experience with Copper Oar. They provided really honest service and fun time. It was my first rafting, plus in cold glacier water so I was freaking out how it will look like. But our guide was very nice and really, really skilled rafter. Flight-seeing in Alaska is expensive, so this trip was quite a deal: for $275 you get whole day rafting, flight-seeing and lunch. Very nice people at Copper Oar and very personalized service.

Thank Sanya_C
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