Packraft with Tok Air Service


When planning a float trip adventure in Alaska, there are endless possibilities. The remote rivers that carve their way through the mountains of eastern Alaska are sometimes overlooked. Many river guides are focused on other areas of the state. Because of this, Tok Air Service is able to offer river trips on rivers that seldom have other people on them. This increases the quality of the trip and the wilderness experience. The river trips we offer are real gems in the state. Tok Air Service has experience with every river trip we offer and each one has excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Some are great weekend trips for the family. Others are best floated with a pack raft and are for the more experienced adventure seeker who wants wild and remote.

Many of the trips are affordable because there is more road access in eastern Alaska compared to other areas of the state. Many of the take-out locations are at a road. The road accessibility does not diminish the wild and remote nature of the float trips through Tok Air Service. This is because the rivers are seldom floated and the put-in location is typically a hard to access and obscure bush plane strip.

If you're looking for a float trip adventure but don't have gear Pristine Ventures can rent gear and have it delivered to us in Tok. Gulkana River Raft Rentals offers all sorts of options for your journey as well. They're located south of Tok and north of Glennallen.

We have a Pro Pioneer, two person, 18' inflatable canoe that is available for rent.

Inflatable Canoe

Charley River

All the adventure, wilderness, and excitement of a Charley River float trip is best accessed with the float trip experts at Tok Air Service. We offer the most affordable and convenient way to access the headwaters of the Charley River. A scenic 3 1/2 drive from Fairbanks and a 50 minute bush plane flight will place you and your adventure companions at the beginning of a memorable rafting experience.

North and a little west of Tok, in the Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve, the Charley River is classified as a class II-III. In times of high water the upper areas of the river can reach class IV. Many types of wildlife can been seen along the river including peregrine falcons, sheep, caribou, moose, bears, and wolves.

We recommend booking early and planning your trip for the last week of May and the first part of June when the river is still flowing with spring run-off and the mosquitoes are not as bad as later in the year. During seasons of low water volume, portage may be required when starting at Three Fingers. You can arrange a pick up on a Yukon River gravel bar, or float for another day or two down the Yukon River into Circle. The Charley River has a gradient of 31 feet per mile and is considered by many to be one of the premier whitewater experiences in interior Alaska.

Forty Mile River

The Middle Fork of the Forty-Mile River offers a wilderness float experience with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, grayling fishing and gold panning. Along the way you will discover cabins, relics and ruins from Alaska's gold rush past. It is rated a class II(III) depending on rain fall and spring run-off.

Highlights of the Forty Mile include: Bald Eagle Rapids, The Chute, The Kink, The Falls, and Deadman's Riffle. The Kink was formed in 1898 when Danish prospectors blasted away a 100ft ridge to divert the river and check the then dried river bed for gold, which proved futile. Now the Kink has several drops ranging in heights over 3 ft tall. It's seldom in condition to run and is advised to portage on it's right bank.

The put-in location is the airstrip located at Joseph. Typically we stage a vehicle at the Forty-Mile River bridge on the Taylor highway as the take-out point. If you are a having a good time and want to keep floating, you can float all the way to the Yukon River and down to Eagle.

Check out the BLM tips page for floating the Forty Mile.

Nabesna River

Some of the most rugged and beautiful mountain wilderness in Alaska can be seen from a raft floating the Nabesna River. You will be in the company of 16,000' mountain gods and numerous lesser peaks with colorful red, orange, green, and blue rocks that reveal the geologic variety of the Wrangell St. Elias Range. The put-in is at the terminus of the longest inland glacier in North America; the Nabesna Glacier. As you inflate your raft you will see icebergs floating in a blue/green glacial lake and feel the cold breeze flowing off the glacial ice. From the ice of the Wrangell Mountains to the taiga of the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge this float trip offers incredible wildlife viewing including Dall sheep, moose, and bears as you float out the mild class I-II rapids to the Native village at Northway.

Robertson River

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The Robertson River is a nice weekend family float trip that is easy on the budget and pays big rewards in fun and adventure. A quick bush plane flight out of Tok puts you in the heart of the Eastern Alaska Range. Wildlife abounds and the take-out is conveniently located on the Alaska Highway.

From the main put-in strip it is a 6-7 hour float to the bridge. The upper section is accessible only by Super Cub and it adds another 3 1/2 hours. This upper section is class II-III. Dry suit or splash jacket is recommend for the upper section if done in a pack raft.

White River

The White River is a seldom floated river that offers a breathtaking view of the Wrangell St. Elias Range for miles. It is a fun, adventure filled float with several canyons and some standing wave action. The drop-off location is at the toe of the Russell Glacier where the White River is born. From the drop-off location there are several miles of braided river channels to navigate. After 3-5 days of floating you will take-out at the White River bridge on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon, Canada.

The White River is a cold, silty, fast flowing, class II-III glacial river that is anything but white. As an example, the Yukon River flows relatively clear through the Yukon Territories, until the White River flows into it. The mouth of the White River is a sight to behold as it flows the Yukon River into a silty, glacial fed river, and changes the Yukon's appearance to that of coffee with cream.

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