Copper RiverWrangell Mountains

Slana, Alaska

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The Copper River originates on the north side of the Wrangell Mountains and flows south 287 miles to the Gulf of Alaska, draining an area of more than 24,000 square miles. Thirteen major tributaries contribute to the flow. The drop-in elevation between Copper River headwaters and the ocean is 3,600 feet, or an average of about 12 feet per mile, giving the river a swift current, averaging 7 miles per hour. Though accessible by road from many locations, the Copper offers a wilderness whitewater experience on a high-voltume glacial river through varied magnificent scenery.
The Alaska River Guide

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The Alaska River Guide

by Karen Jettmar (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Copper River originates on the north side of the Wrangell Mountains and flows south 287 miles to the Gulf of Alaska, draining an area of more than 24,000 square miles. Thirteen major tributaries contribute to the flow.

The drop-in elevation between Copper River headwaters and the ocean is 3,600 feet, or an average of about 12 feet per mile, giving the river a swift current, averaging 7 miles per hour. Though accessible by road from many locations, the Copper offers a wilderness whitewater experience on a high-voltume glacial river through varied magnificent scenery.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Slana
Distance: 220
Duration: 8-10 days
Class: Class II-III
Season: June through late September
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Glennallen; WrangellSt Elias National Park and Preserve; Ahtna Inc; state.
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper River(Wrangell Mountains)

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