4th Annual McCarthy Creek Packraft Race

July 16, 2016

Up & Over Course Info:

Grand Prize:  $325 in “Alpacka Bucks” to be spent on anything that Alpacka Raft sells (take it off the cost of a new boat or use it to retrofit your boat with a cargo fly system!).  New for 2016: Men’s and Woman’s division prizes!

Difficulty: Advanced

Hiking & Elevation Gain/Loss:  6.5 miles; +3,200’/-2,750′; off-trail route finding skills needed

Packrafting section:  10.5 miles; Class III+ (water level dependent), mandatory portage

Entry Fee:  $75/person

Z Rock Down Course Info:

Grand Prize:  2 for 1 Drop-off at Glacier Creek from Wrangell Mountain Air! 

Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking & Elevation Gain/Loss:  5 miles; +735’/-255′; Trail hiking

Packrafting section:  5 miles; Class III (water level dependent)

Entry Fee:  $50/person

For full race day details and schedule of events, click the button below:

Full Race Info

KWG requires each participant have the following equipment:

River Worthy Packraft

1 or 2 Piece Drysuit


PFD (Type III or IV)

 The Record has been broken every year… Can it continue?

2013 winner – Luc Mehl

2014 winner – Killian Sump

2015 winner – Rob Whitney

New this year! Each race participant will get a free raffle ticket and the opportunity to purchase more tickets at the event for a chance to win A BRAND NEW ALPACKA BOAT IN VECTRAN FABRIC.  The raffle will support the local Volunteer Fire Department and River Clean-Up Committee.  

WOMEN’S PACKRAFTING CLINIC IS FULL!!!! July 15th  (the friday before the race) KWG and Alpacka Rafts will be hosting a FREE Women’s Packrafting Clinic and Skills Share.  Space is limited so please email betsy@kennicottguides.com for more information and to sign up.

Have some action packed whitewater footage you want to share?  We are currently taking submissions for our Whitewater Film Festival on held on July 15th.  Email mail@kennicottguides.com for more info!

Don’t miss the other McCarthy Whitewater Festival Events from July 15 – 17, 2016.  Lots of music, sponsors, workshops, river events, and good times!  Full 2016 schedule coming soon!  Look to our Facebook page for most up to date info!

Post Race Awards and Party details will be announced soon!


Please fill out the following form to register for the race.  After submitting the form, please click on the payment button to pay for your reservation.

Packraft Race Registration

  • This does not have to be your final decision. If you would like to change courses on the day of the race after evaluating water levels and conditions, that is ok, we just want to get an idea of how many participants in each course.
  • Feel free to ask us any questions you might have about the race or the weekend in general.
Click on the button below to pay for the course you want to race.  If you change your mind on the day of the race, we can adjust payment at that time.

Up & Over payment

Z-Rock Down payment