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Classic Alaska River
Classic Alaska River

The Tatshenshini River

Grizzly Bears, Wolves, and Moose all call the Tatshenshini River and Alsek Provincial Park home. For decades The Tatsheshini River has been held up as the classic Alaska/Canada transboundary wilderness trip.

Based in Haines, Alaska, Chilkat Guides is the only local U.S. operator on the Tatshenshini and Alsek. Our local expertise combined with the vast international experience and safety record of our guides, we are the premier guide service on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers.

The “Tat” Rafting Experience

The Tatshenshini is a classic Alaskan expedition, a pristine alpine river and sister river to the mighty Alsek. Throughout the summer months, the Tatshenshini valley teems with an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty. The rainforest is emerald green and lush with hundreds of varieties of native plant species. The life cycles of many species of Alaskan animals can be observed on the banks of the river throughout the season. Seeing moose during the calf-rearing season, spotting a female merganser teaching her ducklings how to dive, or floating past a brown bear gorging itself on salmon in preparation for the winter are all possible in this remote and untouched part of the world. The river offers a combination of stunning scenery and incredible wildlife creating a pure fantasy right out of a Jack London Novel.

The journey reaches its’ crescendo at Alsek Lake, where the Grand Plateau and Alsek Glaciers, descend from high above carving through massive coastal mountains. Alsek Lake is a photographer’s dream. We will row out among the lake and icebergs to see, hear and become a part of this landscape.The Tatshenshini flows out of the dry Canadian interior at Dalton Post, to its’ confluence with the Alsek just a few miles upstream of the U.S. Border.

The river carves its way through two of the world’s most spectacular national parks, Kluane Park in Canada, and Glacier Bay Park in Alaska. After the two rivers unite, the Alsek continues to slice through giant mountain ranges on its way to the Gulf of Alaska. For decades the Tatshenshini River has been distinguished as a classic Alaska/Canada transboundary wilderness trip covering approximately 140 miles, following the paths of ancient glaciers. This dynamic landscape is still caught in the clutches of the last ice age; the awesome forces of glaciation are still at work while other countless wonders of nature highlight the surrounding area.

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