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Old 09-12-2014   #1
Hammond, Louisiana
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Yukon river trip

Hello MountainBuzz world, I just found you guys and just in time.

I am I the process of trying to plan a raft trip from eagle Alaska down to the Bearing sea on the Yukon river using a 16' self bailing NRS raft. Just picked it up used for $1,000 so I think I did go there. Besides a couple trips on some guided white water trips, I am completely new to the raft sceen. I have experience with sea kayaks, white water kayaks, canoes and I work as a river boat captain so I have plenty of river experience, just no raft experience.
Questions right off the top
1- any way to make an educated guess on how long it should take to raft 1400 miles? I'm guessing 2-3 months. is that event close?
2- Oar size for a 16' boat for a big river?
3- the boat currently has 4 thwarts. should I leave the ones closest to the bow and stern in place when I put the frame on her?
4-any one have experience flying a raft out of a place one a trip is complete? can it be done?
any thing else any one can think of in the way of advice is more than welcome. thanks

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Old 09-12-2014   #2
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The long and the short of this kind of trip is yes it can be done> Most bush pilots are flying Dehavilland Beavers or Otters. They can land with skids on the bay or on the riv. 2 to 3 months is about right. You'll want to have a breakdown raft frame. Start planing now for 2015. I have done a few trips in the NW territories and one close to 600 miles took 2 months Good Luck and Hippity Ho!

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Old 09-12-2014   #3
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Wow, I'd love to do a trip like this. I row a 16' Avon very similar to your NRS. I use 10' oars which is pretty standard, 11' might give you more pull? not sure though. I would figure on 3-4 miles per hour, thats for desert rivers. Have a good time planning and a good expedition. Go to raft porn thread to see set up ideas.
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Old 09-12-2014   #4
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I have a friend that just spent a month on the Yukon. PM me your email and I'll send it on. He took a drift boat.

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Old 09-13-2014   #5
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Thanks guys. I could deffently pull this trip off if we maintain 3-4 mph. I have about 3 months to make the trip so it should work. With any luck we will be putting in June 2015
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Old 09-13-2014   #6
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Might be a better way

90 days may not be enough in a raft - lower river is slower, more windy and difficult to navigate. However there are parts of the journey that would be suitable for a raft - canoe better but raft will work. Eagle to Dalton Highway Bridge approaches 600 miles.

The logistics of the trip you describe will be difficult/expensive no matter how you do it. We fly boats in and out regularly - it ain't cheap. You can drive to Eagle but then you've got to get your vehicle back - probably have to fly from take out to Anchorage and then charter/small plane back to Eagle to pick up your rig. Or you can fly in/out with Anchorage as your base - it will cost a bunch. If you have a friend that wants to see Alaska but not float - or float other rivers while you're on the Yukon they could drop you off and pick you up if you choose to shorten your trip to take out at Dalton Highway Bridge.

Consider a mount and small motor - it can get windy, real windy. Camp on bars - bugs will be bad. Bring bear/spray or hand cannon - lots of bears. Look into shipping supplies ahead to Tanana/Galena. If you're a skilled canoeist you might consider renting canoes - probably as cheap as getting your raft up and back.

If you do go as planned it will be an adventure. The links below may help. God Bless and good luck.

Yukon River - good general description of the river - well written story of a trip similar to your proposal

Paddling the Yukon River - good source of information
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Old 09-13-2014   #7
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Alaskajim - PM sent.
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Old 09-13-2014   #8
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AlaskaJim- Thank you for your well thought out answer. After reading it I started looking at alternate endings to the trip including The Dalton Hwy. According to google at the base of the bridge there is an "YUKON RIVER CAMP". do you know anything about the place, and if it might be a suitable place to leave a truck? Thanks
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Old 09-13-2014   #9
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The "Camp" is a restaurant, lodge, service station, etc. Located near the bridge.

Long drive from Bridge to Eagle neighborhood 500 miles. A good bit of that on real Alaskan roads. Assuming you'll have two rigs and each rig can carry your stuff it will not be too hard to drop off a vehicle at the bridge and then go to put in. I mean after all lots of folks do something similar for the Colorado. By going to bridge first you will save time/miles - too hard to explain but it will be obvious when you look at the Map - buy the Alaska Milepost.

I would check with the folks at the Camp (link below) - it's what I would do - there may be a better answer. I've not done the shuttle to the Bridge but have to Circle (you'll pass it along the way). The Camp is a reliable establishment and I'm sure if you contact them you won't have any problem leaving a vehicle - it might help if you mention you intend to get a room, fuel and a meal or two. Good luck.

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Old 09-14-2014   #10
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the book "Reading the River" by John Hildebrand is pretty good - he takes a canoe down the Yukon. Not a guidebook per se, but might have some useful info nonetheless.

be sure to share a trip report when you get back

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