Tutshi River Whitewater Adventure
Experience a thrill like no other on this full-day whitewater rafting trip! Navigate class III-V rapids in a pristine sub-alpine setting on the beautiful and powerful Tutshi River.
- Upper stretches of Tutshi offer fun Class III whitewater
- One of the bigger drops on the Tutshi
- A short portage from between lakes leads to the headwaters of the Tutshi
- The Tutshi offers fund Class III - V Whitewater
- A group paddles across a lake leading to the river
The flat lakes and smooth entry soon give way to a technical, class III river as you head into the canyon. Your expert guide will navigate your raft through this incredibly fun section with the help of the group to paddle through. The trip soon makes it way to the first in a series of class IV and V rapids. Big drops and powerful waves crash into your raft as the group works together to power through the river’s torrent. After the final rapid, a gentle float to our take-out allows for some swimming and celebration that your group was not “too shy for the Tutshi!” Each of these more technical rapids can be avoided by walking around the rapid. Depending on the group, river flow, and conditions, your guide may elect to do this on one or more of the rapids.
After your river trip, we’ll do a short portage back up to the road system and enjoy a hot beverage while you change back into your clothes. A delicious lunch is served en route to Skagway while you marvel at the amazing scenery of “tormented valley” and the White Pass. A brief photo stop will be made at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign for an unforgettable group photo before you return to your ship.
This river trip contains class III-V whitewater. We will scout all the major rapids and guests will have the option to walk around any rapid they feel uncomfortable rafting.
0:15-1:00 Scenic drive through downtown Skagway and up the White Pass to the put-in. Brief stop at Canadian customs – Passports required
1:00-1:20 Get fitted for and put on wetsuits, river booties, PFDs, and helmet
1:20-1:30Receive river safety briefing
1:30-1:40 Portage rafts to lake and receive seating instructions and paddle command orientation
1:40-2:30 Paddle across a series of small lakes to headwaters of river
2:30-4:50 Paddle through class III-V rapids, stopping to scout the larger rapids (about 4.5 miles of river)
4:50-5:30Portage rafts to road, de-gear, and change back into regular clothes
5:30-7:00Enjoy bag lunch en route back to Skagway with a photo stop at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign. Brief stop at U.S. Customs – Passports required
Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
Who are my guides?
You guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about whitewater guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification and swift water rescue certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom before arriving at the start of the hike. There aren't any restrooms while out on the river.
Will I be expected to paddle?
Yes, you'll be expected to paddle as a part of the team on the river, and take direction from the guide. You'll also be expected to help carry the raft on the short portages.
What equipment is provided?
We provide a wet suit, river booties/neoprene socks paddle, a PFD and a helmet. There will be a privacy screen available at the put in for changing into and out of wet suits.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, Bald Eagles, ravens, squirrels and harbor seals are frequently seen in Skagway. Skagway’s unique landscape somewhat isolate’s it from many of the larger mammals apart from the occasional black bear or coastal brown bear.
What are the rapids like?
This river trip contains class III-V whitewater, depending on the time of the summer and water flow. The upper section has extended class III whitewater. Lower on the river, there are a series of more substantial drops. We will scout all the major rapids and guests will have the option to walk around any rapid they feel uncomfortable rafting.
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