Tana River Points
A more commonly used strip is at Jake’s Bar located just below the confluence with the Tana River on the right side of the river valley. From here the river is much less inclement with not as much blowing silt and easier braids to read as you float along. It is about 60 miles to the confluence with the Copper River and could be done in as little as 3 days.
This is the last road access available to the Chitina River. If you didn’t get across the river in time or if the line of combat fishing dipnetters has every square inch of shore taken up as they try to catch red salmon by dipnet. It often means piling into an angry line of fisherman and occupying their site for the time required to get all you gear out of the way.
Dry suits or at the least, wetsuits are needed to run the Tana Canyon as at any time someone could be flipped overboard and at worst a raft could flip, in which case once in the frigid water you have little time to get out. There have been deaths in this section of river so please proceed with caution. Grizzly bears are common in this area and all precautions to eliminate unwanted encounters should be taken. GPS Coordinates Tundra Strip: N 61… ...more