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McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours
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US$ 95.00*
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Kennicott Glacial Lake Stand Up Paddle Board Tour
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3-4 hr Kennicott Glacier Lake River Raft
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Private Root Glacier Hike
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Owner description: Offering guided day and multi-day raft trips and outfitting for private raft trips in McCarthy Alaska, located in Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve. From 4 hour glacier lake and raft adventures, to multi day adventure raft trips, we offer the best trips in the Wrangells. Come with us and discover some of North America's best undiscovered rivers!
Reviewed 25 July 2017

My husband and I I went with Ethan (and Sam in the safety boat) on the 3-4 hour glacier lake and river raft tour in McCarthy. Enjoyed the company of fellow paddlers Luke and Amanda. Very safety conscious and had great gear - particularly the dry suit! A highlight was jumping off a glacier into near freezing water. I am not much of a paddler but loved the river section and Ethan was professional and encouraging. The best value for money spent on a four week Alaskan holiday. We're retired - this tour is not just for the young. Thanks Ethan and Sam. Great job.

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NikMerlino, Owner at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to leave your review! Glad to hear you had such a great time and enjoyed the glacier plunge, dry-suits sure make a difference in such cold water! Thanks for pointing out that our tours are great for all ages, we have taken folks from 8-80 out on the river and are proud to be able to offer an affordable, family friendly rafting trip in the Wrangell Mountains!

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

McCarthy River Tours and Outfitters exceeded expectations in every way. Upon arrival it was clear that I had booked on the wrong day. Without blinking, Nick said "no problem, I'll call one of the guys right now and they'll take you up to the glacier". Shortly our guide Logan arrived and was ready to go. He was wonderful in every way: enthusiastic, informative, willing to go at our pace, and careful to ensure our safety on the glacier. There were several other glitches (all of our making) and Logan was over the top nice about managing them. Couldn't have been happier with our day. One of the highlights of our AK trip. McCarthy is less well known as a glacier tour guide service - that's sure to change quickly with this great crew! Thanks!!

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NikMerlino, Owner at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review, Julien! As a small company, one thing we pride ourselves in is being able to customize all our trips for our guests needs and it was truly our pleasure to be able to swiftly accommodate your scheduling needs! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time with Logan, he takes his glacier knowledge seriously and I believe it shows in the tours he takes out. Thanks again for choosing us for your Root Glacier Tour and hope to see you again in the Wrangell Mountains!

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

This was my favorite thing that we did in Wrangell St. Elias (and there were lots of other candidates--we had a packed four days there). Kevin was a fabulous rafting guide and made us feel at ease the entire time. Getting to paddle around the lake before hitting the river was really nice. We got to see lots of interesting ice formation and get comfortable with paddling techniques before heading out to the rapids. Once we did get out on the river, it was a fast and fun ride along a watercourse that had recently swelled in size due to heavy rains. It was really fun to careen through the rapids knowing that Kevin had things well in hand. My only complaint was that it was over too soon! I highly recommend this experience. It's great for kids too.

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NikMerlino, Owner at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thanks for the great review, Jenny! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and are extra happy to hear that it was the favorite part of your McCarthy travels. As a company we strive to be able to give guests of all ability, experience and comfort levels a great trip and Kevin is as knowledgeable as they come! Thanks again for adventuring with us and hope your travels home went smooth, hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Kevin and Sam were outstanding raft guides on our trip down the Chitina river. A great mix of humor and knowledge about the Park. The route and meals were well thought out. I highly recommend using McCarthy River tours. Nick and the staff in McCarthy were wonderful.

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NikMerlino, Owner at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a great review! The Upper Chitina is one of our most remote trips and you were the first rafters this season! The Alpenglow on Mount Logan is a truly stunning picture! I had a great time chatting with you both and getting to know you and Sam and Kevin came back talking about what a fun trip it was. Hopefully we see you again someday!

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

This tour is for people who want to get up close and personal with a glacier and icebergs. There are other rivers in Alaska to raft if you are thrill seeking. The rapids on the tour are class 2-3 but alot of fun. It's only a five mile stretch and goes super fast but frankly the water is freezing so we were ready to warm up when it was over. The appeal of this tour is getting to see the lake and surrounding mountains. We stood on the glacier and actually watched as pieces slowly broke off as it was melting. Jumping off an iceberg into freezing glacial waters was a fun new experience. It was not too physically demanding and the 60 mile drive to get to mccarthy was worth it! Sam was a wonderful guide and the people we had the pleasure to raft with Cassie and Livi only added to our enjoyment. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. As long as you know what to expect (more interesting and fun than hard core thrills) it's a glorious trip.

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