Copper River Points
Missing this take out by taking a wrong channel has dire consequences. Either way, the take out involves some serious logistical planning, as the town of Cordova is only accessible by Alaska State Ferry or commercial airline. You will need to coordinate a driver and vehicle to arrive in Cordova by ferry, the day before your takeout date. Then everyone and all gear will board the return ferry to Valdez for the drive home or to Anchorage. You… ...more
Be well advised to not stop on the left side of the river opposite of Child’s Glacier. I have seen with my own eyes calving of such size that large tsunami like waves are pushed up the 20-mile an hour current along the shore creating a boiling wall of water at shoreline. The force of the river would eat any raft parked here. If you are floating past, the wave will flow under your raft but along the shore, it is carnage! It is best advised to… ...more
One of the easiest and most common put ins is along the eastern shore of the Copper, just upstream of the McCarthy Road Bridge and above the confluence with the Chitina River. It is a very scenic location with native fish wheels and the Wrangell Mountains as a backdrop. Here starts an 80-mile section of classic glacial river country that pours south through Wood Canyon and through Abercrombie rapids and past huge glaciers.
Many groups will take out along the western shore, just upstream of the Million Dollar Bridge, which is the old railroad bridge to the copper mines of yesteryear. It has been converted to accommodate highway vehicles and connects to the town of Cordova.