Nabesna River Points
Access the Nabesna River at Cabin Creek/Jack Lake for a 55-mile float through the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge down to Northway. For centuries this land was beneath the ancient, glacial Lake Ahtna that formed by the huge ice sheets of the last ice age blocking the Matanuska to the west and the Copper River to the south. At Mile 41 of Nabesna Road take a rough road to the left, down Jack Creek, fording it several times. It’s 5 miles to Cabin Creek.… ...more
Even though there is a 4‑wheel drive road off the Nabesna Road that takes you to the river, it fords several streams and is often impassable. A better choice is to fly in to a strip known as the Orange Hill Airstrip where you can spend a day or two hiking up into the big glacier country at the terminus of the Nabesna Glacier before starting down river in a raft or kayak. From Northway you can charter a wheelplane to take you the short flight… ...more
Take out is usually from the road into Northway, even though you could continue another 6 to 8 miles to the Alcan Highway at the confluence with the Chisana River where it officially becomes the Tanana River. Then you have to drive to Tok, then south to Anchorage, 5 to 7 hours or 6 hours north to Fairbanks.