Tatshenshini-Alsek River

Haines, Alaska

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With origins in the mountains of Canada's Yukon Territory, the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers slice through the massive St. Elias and Fairweather mountain ranges, the largest nonpolar glaciated mountain system in the world. The Tatshenshini flows northwest and then bends southwest through the 6,000- to 8,000-foot-high Alsek Range, a subrange of the St. Elias. The Tat meets the Alsek in the Fairweather Range, and the combined river, now called the Alsek, flows southwesterly within a 1-to 3-mile-wide valley surrounded by the Fairweather Range.
The Alaska River Guide

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The Alaska River Guide

by Karen Jettmar (Menasha Ridge Press)

With origins in the mountains of Canada's Yukon Territory, the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers slice through the massive St. Elias and Fairweather mountain ranges, the largest nonpolar glaciated mountain system in the world.

The Tatshenshini flows northwest and then bends southwest through the 6,000- to 8,000-foot-high Alsek Range, a subrange of the St. Elias. The Tat meets the Alsek in the Fairweather Range, and the combined river, now called the Alsek, flows southwesterly within a 1-to 3-mile-wide valley surrounded by the Fairweather Range.

© 2008 Karen Jettmar/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Haines
Distance: 140
Duration: 5-6 days
Class: Class I-IV
Season: June through mid-September
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park and Preserve; Kluane National Park (Yukon Territory); Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park (British Columbia); United Nations World Heritage Site; Champaign-Aishihik Tribal lands (Yukon Territory). Shawshe (Dalton Post) is on lands owned by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
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