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Canning River

offered by supplier M08143 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 7 people
Destination(s): Alaska  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: July - August
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3995 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3995 US Dollar (USD)

This float begins just north of the Continental Divide flows past several wonderful mountain hiking opportunities before flowing out over the very productive foothills and coastal plain areas. With fish in its emerald green water and numerous cliffs along the entire trip, this is superior habitat for very many species of birds. Of particular interest are gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, rough-legged hawk, four species of loons including yellow-billed, arctic warbler, long-tailed Jaeger, American golden plover, northern wheatear and many others. We have always had exceptional luck watching large mammals along this run and have named a section after the numerous musk oxen that utilize the area. Last year we found an impressive Paleo-Indian site on the last bluffs overlooking the coastal plain. The trip ends at a bluff which overlooks the remaining coastal plain and Arctic Ocean. The last evening with the sun sweeping over top this arctic horizon, it is an unforgettable ending to an impressionable trip.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1:
Leave Fairbanks on scheduled flight to Arctic Village located on the southern flank of the Brooks Range and Arctic Refuge. Shuttle to the put-in in smaller air taxi service. Flight takes one over the Continental Divide - spectacular scenery. Establish camp. Local day hike.
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Day 2:
First day of floating. Learn the paddling skills and safety procedures and then drift down the braided river to the next camp. Camp is at a confluence of to rivers and very active wildlife area. Short hike possible in late afternoon.
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Day 3:
This is another float and hike day. We make a couple stops and are able to look up the major tributary, the Marsh Fork.
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Day 4:
Another full day off for day hiking.
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Day 5:
This is another float and hike day. We get into raptor cliffs from here on.
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Day 6:
This is another float and hike day.
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Day 7:
Another full day off for day hiking. This is the best place to start to look for musk ox.
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Day 8:
This is another float and hike day.
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Day 9:
This is our last day of floating. We will leave enough time for the hike up the northern most foothills to overlook the coastal plain and the Arctic Ocean. We also visit a lake with nesting yellow billed loons.
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Day 10:
We meet the pilot today and begin to retrace our journey, this time south bound. The flight back up the river will be a pleasant reminder of the trip and probably will make much more sense then when you flew in. In Arctic Village, we'll catch the mail plane back to Fairbanks and generally arrive in the late afternoon.
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Airfare is included in the tour price.

Groups of 4 receive a discount.

About This Supplier
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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Apr 2000

Since 1972, M08143 has safely conducted quality exploration and educational trips across the width and breadth of Alaska's Brooks Range. Our nation's largest wilderness mountain range is located above the Arctic Circle and covers more than 75,000 square miles of northern Alaska. This magnificent and rarely...

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