Rohn to McGrath:  Mighty Kuskokwim River Raft Tour

TRIP LENGTH:  7 Days with 5 Days Paddling
Custom Trips Available, from 1 to 21 days.


An Exciting Alaskan Adventure

Featuring miles upon miles of wilderness where little has changed since first appearing on the map, this trip promises a rich river experience including free-flowing Class II whitewater that’s great for any age and experience level. This adventure also boasts big, gravel bars perfect for camping and playing, beautiful mountain scenery, and abundant wildlife viewing, including moose, black bear, grizzly bear, lynx, red fox, wolverine, beaver, river otter, eagles, swans, falcons and the wild Farewell Bison Herd.

Each night of your trip, you’ll camp riverside or on a gravel bar while your guides prepare a hearty and delicious dinner.  You’ll fall asleep to the gentle sound of the river flowing by and awaken refreshed and ready for another day of beautiful scenery, fun rafting adventures, and good company.   Savor a rarely available opportunity to explore the authentic Athabascan village of Nikolai. 

No previous river experience is necessary for paddle rafting, as instruction is provided.  Everyone joins in the fun of paddling under the guidance of an experienced raft captain.

The Real Alaska/Hotel McGrath Tours encourage parents to bring their children along on all of our soft-adventure trips, and this one is perfectly designed for adventures of all ages.  There is no additional charge to include your children on this tour.
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Day 1:
Depart Anchorage via Alaska Transit Transit, where you'll enjoy a spectacular flight over the Alaska Range.
Arrive at the authentically Alaskan village of McGrath, at the confluence of the Kuskokwim and Takotna Rivers.  Here, you'll stay at Hotel McGrath for the first evening where you'll have the opportunity to explore the friendly village and culture. Your guide will host a pre-trip meeting and gear check in the afternoon, followed by dinner at the hotel.  
Day 2-5:
Following a hearty breakfast, we'll depart McGrath in an Alaskan bush plane for the outpost of Rohn, a checkpoint along the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  After the 30 minute flight, we'll attend a safety briefing before loading the raft and beginning our journey.  Along the way, expect endless breathtaking views and multiple wildlife encounters.  The Kuskokwim is fairly easy-going which allows us to get up close to the wildlife.  Keep your camera handy and bring plenty of extra batteries and memory cards.  Lunch will be prepared and served riverside or along a gravel bar where you'll get to take advantage of excellent fishing opportunities.  Each day, expect to paddle for 4-6 hours before stopping to camp for the night.  This will allow plenty of time for exploring, photography and excellent fishing.  A delicious and protein-packed Dinner and Breakfast will be prepared daily at each camp.  We'll stop at the Athabascan village of Nikolai to allow you time to enjoy the local culture in this truly Alaskan town.
Day 6:
This will be our final day of paddling.  We'll make time to stop at various gravel bars to search for agates and explore various lakes and fields.   Upon our arrival in McGrath, you'll return to the hotel for a warm shower and a delicious food.  You'll want to use the internet or the iPhone that the hotel provides to each of their guests to contact family and friends and share some stories from your amazing journey along one of Alaska's most beautiful rivers.
Day 7:
Say goodbye to the Real Alaska, where you've made many friends and even more amazing memories.  Catch the morning flight to Anchorage where you can spend a day or two exploring Alaska's biggest village before heading home.