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The ferry terminal in Juneau is 10-15 miles from the airport.
The ferry terminal is is in Auke Bay less than six miles from the airport. I am floating the Tat in June. Most of the group is flying into Juneau and staying near the airport. Ferries don't run every day from Juneau to Haines so you need to check the schedule. My group is taking one that leaves Auke Bay at 7:00 am and gets to Haines at 11:00 am the day before we launch .
 

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The ferry terminal is is in Auke Bay less than six miles from the airport. I am floating the Tat in June. Most of the group is flying into Juneau and staying near the airport. Ferries don't run every day from Juneau to Haines so you need to check the schedule. My group is taking one that leaves Auke Bay at 7:00 am and gets to Haines at 11:00 am the day before we launch .
That is good to know, thanks!
 

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Wadeinthewater...I like your signature, ha! Once you get back from the Tat, perhaps you could share any information you deem important with me! Thanks in advance! Also, will the group flying into Juneau stick around that area after the river trip?
 

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Once you get back from the Tat, perhaps you could share any information you deem important with me! Thanks in advance! Also, will the group flying into Juneau stick around that area after the river trip?
I'd be happy to report on my Tat trip. I'll be back in late June and have a few days before my next adventure. The flyers are spending some time in Juneau before the trip, but they need hurry home to get back to work. It must suck to have a job.
 

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That would be great, thank you! Yes, I agree...it would suck to have a job! Steve & I are retired. You will be driving near there or do you live in Alaska? I think we will stay in Haines awhile after the trip. Wish we had a vehicle but we are coming from SW CO.
 

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The Russ Lyman guidebook is a bit dated, and depending on where you are I would be happy to let you read my book.
As an alternative, I created an updated guidebook on the Tatshenshini / Alsek system which includes illustrations, humor and some experiences of note. Hit me up if you are interested, I will not be charging $138!
Confirming dsrtrat re: tent, boots, Drybay. There are plenty of key items to know for your first trip. The moving ice is significant as icebergs are traveling with you in the main current of the Alsek and will ground onto gravel bars and stand up out of the river bed quickly creating interesting hazards. We had some inside info from local biologists and guides which really helped, so if you know anyone in Haines get on the phone. HTH!
I am interested in your updated guidebook!
 

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Group of 12 are running it in early/mid June. Half driving from Anchorage, other half coming from Juneau. Some of us are going a day or so early to run the Upper Tat. Can give ya trip report after as well. It was cold and a big snow year in that part of the world and spring is starting out on the cooler side. Really curious to see what sort of conditions we get.
 

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The Russ Lyman guidebook is a bit dated, and depending on where you are I would be happy to let you read my book.
As an alternative, I created an updated guidebook on the Tatshenshini / Alsek system which includes illustrations, humor and some experiences of note. Hit me up if you are interested, I will not be charging $138!
Confirming dsrtrat re: tent, boots, Drybay. There are plenty of key items to know for your first trip. The moving ice is significant as icebergs are traveling with you in the main current of the Alsek and will ground onto gravel bars and stand up out of the river bed quickly creating interesting hazards. We had some inside info from local biologists and guides which really helped, so if you know anyone in Haines get on the phone. HTH!
Hi, we are planning a trip down the Tatshenshini and Alsek system at the end of August. Is there any chance you could share your guide book with me as well? Happy to compensate as I'm sure it was a lot of work to put together. Hope your trip went well! we are getting really excited!
 

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Group of 12 are running it in early/mid June. Half driving from Anchorage, other half coming from Juneau. Some of us are going a day or so early to run the Upper Tat. Can give ya trip report after as well. It was cold and a big snow year in that part of the world and spring is starting out on the cooler side. Really curious to see what sort of conditions we get.
We're hoping to put-in on the upper Tat on 7/9 and takeout on the 19th. Any beta on running the upper Tat with loaded rafts would be greatly appreciated. I've read that the put-in is either called "Mosquito Flats" or "Bear Flats", but they are probably the same place. There is a dirt road to the river a few miles south of the Canadian border, which the only obvious place on satellite images.

Also curious if starting in AK will pose any extra issues with customs. We plan to drive to the border to deal with that and then turn around.
 

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I am not sure how it would work in your scenario putting in in Alaska but for the normal put in you stop at the US side of the border on your way to the put in and check back into the US at that time since you cross the border while on the river. Seems confusing but that is the way it works. You then proceed to the Canadian border crossing and enter Canada. Be aware of the Canadian requirements for entry. Some past legal problems in the US can be reason for denial of entry. What is considered a misdemeanor in the US may be considered a felony in Canada.
 

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We're hoping to put-in on the upper Tat on 7/9 and takeout on the 19th. Any beta on running the upper Tat with loaded rafts would be greatly appreciated. I've read that the put-in is either called "Mosquito Flats" or "Bear Flats", but they are probably the same place. There is a dirt road to the river a few miles south of the Canadian border, which the only obvious place on satellite images.

Also curious if starting in AK will pose any extra issues with customs. We plan to drive to the border to deal with that and then turn around.

Unfortunately I can't help ya as we opted to not run the upper tat. The day we were going to do it the river was cresting just below flood stage (I think it was around 19.5ft on the gauge that day). It was just about overflowing the banks and we couldn't see an eddy anywhere due to the thick brush that lines the river. The current was ripping. We figured we would probably be okay if we ran it, but as my buddy said standing on the river bank "if we have any swimmers we will never get them back." So we opted to play it safe and skip it what with the ten day adventure ahead of us and all. When we launched two days later for the normal Tat the water was a foot lower (18.3ish) but still very burly. All the rapids in the canyon at that point turn into one long 3+ mile Class III+/IV rapid with very little eddies. I had to eddy out to assist a packrafter and it took me about a mile to find one.

As for the border. Yea, make sure you have six months or more left on your passports and can legally get into Canada, Make sure you have you ArriveCan app filled out too. Two folks in our group forgot and had to fill it out in the parking lot before Canada would let them in. Also, try and time your border crossings against the Alaska ferry. The few hours after the Alaska Ferry docks in Haines leads to long wait times at the Canadian Border. We unfortunately got to the the border about the same time 20 RV's/Cars did and took close to two hours to get through. Otherwise both border stations (The US and Canadian ones) near Haines are very familiar with river runners and it should be a breeze.
 

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Unfortunately I can't help ya as we opted to not run the upper tat. The day we were going to do it the river was cresting just below flood stage (I think it was around 19.5ft on the gauge that day). It was just about overflowing the banks and we couldn't see an eddy anywhere due to the thick brush that lines the river. The current was ripping. We figured we would probably be okay if we ran it, but as my buddy said standing on the river bank "if we have any swimmers we will never get them back." So we opted to play it safe and skip it what with the ten day adventure ahead of us and all. When we launched two days later for the normal Tat the water was a foot lower (18.3ish) but still very burly. All the rapids in the canyon at that point turn into one long 3+ mile Class III+/IV rapid with very little eddies. I had to eddy out to assist a packrafter and it took me about a mile to find one.

As for the border. Yea, make sure you have six months or more left on your passports and can legally get into Canada, Make sure you have you ArriveCan app filled out too. Two folks in our group forgot and had to fill it out in the parking lot before Canada would let them in. Also, try and time your border crossings against the Alaska ferry. The few hours after the Alaska Ferry docks in Haines leads to long wait times at the Canadian Border. We unfortunately got to the the border about the same time 20 RV's/Cars did and took close to two hours to get through. Otherwise both border stations (The US and Canadian ones) near Haines are very familiar with river runners and it should be a breeze.
Thanks for the heads up on the customs info! I didn't know about the ArriveCan app.

Hopefully, it'll be at a more manageable level on July 9th, but it looks like it'll still be high or higher than what you saw:

Is this the put-in you checked out? 59°54'44.6"N 136°48'16.5"W · Stikine Region, BC V0W 1A0, Canada
It's the only spot I could find on Google Maps that looks like a possible put-in. How was the dirt road down to the river? We're thinking about checking it out prior to going to the border and customs. If it looks good, we'll come back and put-in there. Otherwise, we'll just go on to Dalton Post like you did.
 
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