Last year we ran a trip in the Wrangell St Elias National Park on the Tana River. Not the Alsek but big water and badass Alaska fun, the Tana River was exceptional. We rented all of our gear with McCarthy River Tours and Outfitters or raftthewrangells.com.
On our particular trip Nik(owner of McCarthy River Tours) picked us up at Anchorage, drove us to the glacier town of McCarthy and planned our flights through Wrangell Mountain Air for us. We rented (3) 15 foot rafts, and all the Door to Door Fixins, plane shuttle, etc. was dirt cheap $800ish, and Painless. On the shuttle to McCarthy we stopped in Palmer to do our 7 day food buy. Nick brought the ice chests and ammo cans so we could whoop it out right in the parking lot.
The first day Nik setup the plane flight times and helped us move the gear to the airport. It took three plane loads to get all the gear to the put in and we were able to fly the river to the base of the glacier. Not a soul on the river but bear and moose. Magnificant. No permits, and no guidebooks. Incredible exploring. Put-In at the base of the Tana River glacier what we think was 20,000 cfs? Takeout just into the Copper River at 100,000cfs? One could continue down the Copper all the way to Cordova for a 15+day trip.
The water is big and cold with Rapids right off the bat. After a day or two of Big Grand Canyonesque rapids the river delivers you to a cabin camp with giant monster firepit, and sweatlodge. The rest of the trip has rolling waves and massive geology that blew us away.
Huge bow to the Alaskan backyard!!
Childs glacier surfing below
on the Copper I believe