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“Epic Adventure Tours!”

McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours
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US$ 115.00*
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3-4 hr Kennicott Glacier Lake River Raft
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in McCarthy
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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 10 August 2017

What an amazing experience we had with MRTO... we did an overnight raft and fly from McCarthy and camped on a pristine site on the banks of the Nizina River... and then had a spectacular scenic flight by bush plane back to McCarthy from the junction of the Nizina and Chitina Rivers. Our guides, Sam and Ethan, were amazing... taking us down just 24 hours after the jokulhlaup (ice dam break) on a very fast river! I was also particularly impressed by the extent to which MRTO went to leave no trace of our stay in these pristine areas. Despite very warm weather, we were glad to be in drysuits (MRTO is the only company that provides these) as the water is absolutely frigid and we stayed warm and DRY even after a few dousings. We also did a spectacular glacier hike with Kassie who helped us get some incredible photos as we explored the Root Glacier on a picture perfect day. Thanks to Nik and the entire staff at MRTO for making our stay in McCarthy so memorable!

Thank Ann T
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NikMerlino, Owner at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Ann, thanks so much for your review! We are so glad we were able to take you out after the highest of the Jokulhlaup waters had subsided, it is such a cool time of year to be here for that event! We love sharing the wildness of Wrangell St Elias with our guests and are serious about keeping a wild place, leave no trace backcountry practices help maintain that level of wildness for all folks, we take it very seriously and happy to hear that it shows!

Glad to hear you had a great time on your Glacier hike as well, it is one of our newest adventure offerings and feedback like yours lets us know we're doing it right!

Thanks again for coming out with us, we sure had a great time meeting all of you and rafting and glacier hiking as well. Hope to see you back out in the Wrangell Mountains!

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Our guide Ethan was great! He took us on an amazing 1/2 day hike on to Root Glacier. Very informative, friendly, and patient with the slower members of our party. This was a great trip and would highly it recommend to anyone visiting the Kennicott-McCarthy area!

Thank Sean O
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NikMerlino, Owner at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a great review! We pride ourselves in providing our guests with unique tours, and Ethan is great at that! We are so glad to hear you had a great time and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

McCarthy is an interesting destination, logistically. You have to plan ahead to make the most of your trip. This weekend, we did not. We did not bring along bikes, but these guys had us covered! My wife and I rented some great bikes from this company, and were able to get around easily. We even made the trip up the 5 mile road up to Kennicott to check out the mill and the mine site! The guys helped us pick out a good bike for each of us, pumped up the tires, supplied us with helmets and we were on our way. A big thanks to Nik and the rest of your team!!

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

Thanks for stopping in and renting a bikes and taking the time to leave a great review! We're psyched to be able to offer bike rentals as part of our adventure gear. There are some great trails and roads to ride here and one of the favorites for folks is riding up the old railroad grade to Kennicott and back down the wagon road to McCarthy. Thanks again for stopping by and for your business, we hope to see you again in the Wrangell Mountains!

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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.

Thank Greygypsies
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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!!

Thank Julien L
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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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