Copper River Scenic Jet Boat Tour

from $125.00

Get ready to embark on one of the most historical, untouched, uninhabited areas of Alaska. The adventure begins on the Klutina River for about a half a mile, then we will make our way towards the world-famous Copper River.

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  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Copper River Scenic Jet Boat Tour.

The World Famous Copper River is a 290-mile (470 km) river. It is known for its prolific runs of wild salmon, which are among the most highly prized stocks in the world. The river is the tenth largest in the United States, as ranked by average discharge volume at its mouth. It drops an average of about 12 feet per mile (2.3 m/km), and drains more than 24,000 square miles (62,000 km2)—an area the size of West Virginia.

The river runs at an average of 7 miles per hour (11 km/h). The Copper River Delta, which extends for 700,000 acres (2,800 km2), is the largest contiguous wetlands along the Pacific coast of North America. It is used annually by 16 million shorebirds, including the world’s entire population of western sandpipers and dunlins. It is also home to the world’s largest population of nesting trumpeter swans and is the only known nesting site for the dusky Canada goose.

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Get ready to embark on one of the most historical, untouched, uninhabited areas of Alaska. The adventure begins on the Famous Klutina River for about a half a mile, then we will make our way down the Class III waters towards the world-famous Copper River.

We will navigate downstream for approximately 8 miles while looking at the breath-taking views and the quest for wildlife. While boating down the copper you will enjoy the view of nature, absent of any buildings, power poles, nor infrastructure…and we will rarely see another boat. Depending on the time of year, you will see anglers on the river banks and several operating fish wheels used by the natives and locals.

Once we arrive at our destination, we will depart the boat where you will have a chance to stretch your legs and see the remains of an old miners’ cabin and a replica of the wooden boats they built to traverse the rivers in the late 1800’s.

We don’t like the big crowds either, which is why we typically limit our tour groups to 6. Why six? Coastguard regulations and ironically, we just don’t like being herded around like a bunch of cattle any more than you do!

  • Transfer to boat launch
  • Tour orientation, safety briefing, and board boat
  • Scenic and informative boat ride
  • Disembark boat for a guided tour exploring the lives of natives and early settlers
  • Scenic boat ride to dock
  1. Scheduled Time Departure

    The Copper river tour is a 2 hour trip approximately 8 miles down the Copper River.  The trip starts with a relaxing float through remote country to our tour spot.  While idling down river you almost always see bald eagles and depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to catch an eaglet sitting in its nest.  We also have a chance to see Moose, Black Bears,  Grizzly Bears, and maybe even an occasional Caribou or Buffalo.  The vegetation along the river is very dense so big game sightings are not as frequent as eagle sightings.

    Once we reach our tour spot, we will tie up along the stairs, get off the boat for a short walk to view native plants and flowers.  We will also view a replica boat the early gold seekers used to try and get back home and talk a little about the history of the area.  Once this is complete all that is left is a fun 25 minute jet boat ride back upriver to our boat spot!

Rain or Shine we will have a good time. We don’t look at weather reports because as the saying goes in Alaska, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.” However, rest assured you will be comfortable with our custom heated Cab for the cold and rainy days.

We are asked all the time how to dress. We suggest dressing in layers. While the cab is heated and comfortable it may be cool outside especially if you choose to sit on the back deck. It’s typically cooler on the water and during the land portion of the excursion.

While we cant guarantee to see wildlife on every tour we do see a wide range of animals including bald eagles, alaskan moose, salmon, bears, and plains bison.

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