Packrafting Overview

The Packraft Capital of Alaska!

Packrafts are inflatable, one-person boats that fit in a light backpack. We take them on small and big adventures. From scenic floats, to courses and backcountry adventures, come find out why we are Alaska’s leading packraft professionals.

Glacier Lake Packraft

Glacier Lake Packraft

Duration : 4-5 hours
Cost : $
Difficulty : easy
Hike and Packraft

Hike and Packraft

Duration : 6-8 hours
Cost : $$
Difficulty : medium
Nizina Lake Fly-In

Nizina Lake Fly-In

Duration : 6-8 hours
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy
Packraft Course Level 1

Packraft Course Level 1

Duration : 2 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : medium
McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River (CL II+)

McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River (CL II+)

Duration : 6-7 hours
Cost : $
Difficulty : Class II-III
Nizina River (CL II+)

Nizina River (CL II+)

Duration : 1-3 days
Cost : $$-$$$
Difficulty : Class II+
Lakina Traverse (CL III)

Lakina Traverse (CL III)

Duration : 1-6 days
Cost : $$-$$$
Difficulty : Class III
Up & Over (CL III)

Up & Over (CL III)

Duration : 1-2 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : Class III+
Packraft Course Level 2

Packraft Course Level 2

Duration : 2 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : Class III

Packraft on a Glacial Lake

Packraft the Wrangells

Packraft Course Level 1 & 2

KWG believes smaller is better and quality counts.

We keep our group ratios low so you can enjoy your day without the hustle and bustle of a large group. Because we value individualized attention our private guide prices are affordable and encouraged.

Compare All Packrafting Trips
TripDifficulty &
Length of Trip
Price RangeHighlights
No Experience Necessary
Glacier Lake PackraftEasy
4 - 5 hours
$Paddle your own boat in the stunning setting of a glacial lake.
Hike and PackraftMedium
6 - 8 hours
$$Hike in, gear up, and explore areas only accessible by packrafts.
Nizina Lake Fly-InEasy
6 - 8 hours
$$$A fly-in day trip at its best. A scenic flight to a lake paddle through impressive icebergs.
Packrafting Course Level 1Medium
2 days (3rd optional)
$$Learn and practice the foundational skills you need to have fun on the water.
Experience Required
McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River (CLII+)Medium to Very Hard
6-12 hours
$$One nice hike, two amazing rivers!
Nizina River (CL II+)Medium to Hard
1-3 days
$$$A classic Alaskan river trip, packraft style. Great boating in an epic place. Single day or multi-day options.
Lakina Traverse (Class III)Hard
6-7 days
$$A packraft classic. World class backpacking to wilderness whitewater.
Up & Over (Class III+)Hard
1-2 days
$$Big hike, big views and some of the best whitewater in the area. Single day or overnight options.
Packrafting Course Level 2Medium
2 days (3rd optional)
$$Hone your skills, practice rescue techniques and gain confidence in CL III whitewater!

Because we value the importance of individualized attention, we pair your group with a private guide for all packrafting trips.  

All of our packrafting trips are priced for the 2022 season and include:
  • Experienced, friendly, knowledgeable guides!
  • Small or custom client to guide ratios.
  • For No Experience Necessary trips all Packraft Gear is included: Packraft, paddle, drysuit, backpack, river shoes, gloves and helmet.
  • Extra layers if you forgot anything or couldn’t fit it in your luggage!
  • Round-trip, local transportation to where we begin our trip.
  • A full array of medical, communications, and technical gear.

Does Not Include:

  • Guide Gratuity (recommended 10-20% of tour cost.
  • Packrafting Gear for Experience Required trips, see Packraft Rentals for rates.
  • Personal clothing & gear. For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit our Packing List Page.
  • Lunch/snacks: we recommend bringing or ordering a larger lunch. If you would like us to arrange a lunch for you, we are happy to do so. The cost is $15/person. Contact us for more details on lunch options.
  • Pre & Post trip lodging.
  • Transportation to and from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
  • Children 12 and under receive $20/day off of ANY of our adventures!
  • Alaska Residents, and/or active military personnel (including their family) will get a $10/person discount on any of our day hikes.  Please present valid ID at the time of final payment in our office to receive discounts.

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