Half-Day Packrafting

Trip Description 

As with our Full day Packrafting trip, this trip is a lake based, and spends time exploring the dynamic glacier filled lake.  While the water levels may provide opportunity to paddle through some moving current, this is a flat water day and does not involve any down river travel.  However, this is a great way to explore one of McCarthy’s seldom visited, and most scenic areas – the Kennicott Glacier Lake.


This no- experience necessary trip starts with inflating and outfitting our boats roadside, followed by a short 5 minute hike to the glacial lake.  Once at the lake’s edge, your KWG guide instructs you on how to get in and out of your boat, and the basics of paddling a kayak paddle along with general boating safety.


The lake that forms the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier offers incredible opportunities to learn paddling techniques while experiencing icebergs up close and personal in this dynamic environment.  Finish the day with a float & paddle back along the glaciers edge to see if we can spot some wildlife.


Gear Included: Alpacka packraft, Werner paddle, Kokatat drysuit, PFD, helmet, drybag, river gloves, river shoes and river socks


5 – 6 hours

easy medium  (easy – medium)

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Unstable and rocky hiking surfaces to the lake. Need to actively paddle your own packraft with a kayak paddle. Cold, glacial fed water.

Anyone looking for a little adventure, combining a personal paddling experience and a uniquely Alaskan location.

Trip starts at 10:00 am

If you are staying in Kennicott, we will meet you at our office at 9:30 am and provide transportation down to the McCarthy area. If you are staying in McCarthy, we will pick you up or meet you there.

2022 Pricing

2022 1/2 Day Packrafting Pricing
(Private Only)

$20/child discount for all children 12 and under on all private day hikes (issued at final payment)
$10/person discount for AK residents & Active Military and family. Valid with current I.D. (Issued at final payment)
$25 discount each for bringing your own packraft or drysuit (up to $50 total discount for bringing both)

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