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Tlikakila River

Basics
Class:
Class III-IV
River Length
70 miles
Time:
7-10 days
Season:
July to September

Description

The Tlikakila River drains 2.6 million acre Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, one of the least developed National Parks in the United States. There are no roads in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and only one maintained hiking trail, making it the perfect location for a remote wilderness river adventure.

The Tlikakila River is located 100 air miles to the west of Anchorage, fed by the glaciers and snowfields of the Aleutian and Alaskan Mountains. The Tlikakila River is a federally designated as a Wild & Scenic waterway, beginning in alpine tundra, flowing past crystalline lakes, glaciers and 10,000 foot peaks before spilling into coastal forest. The Tlikakila River is a small volume river with a quick current and lots of riffles interrupted by exciting intermediate level pool drop rapids, formed by features in the earth fault that runs beneath the river. There is an abundance of wildlife that can be viewed along the banks of the Tlikakila River, including Grizzly Bear, Moose, Caribou, Wolves and Raptors.

Due to its remote nature, the Tlikakila River and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are accessed by bush plane flights from Anchorage to the airstrip at Port Alsworth. Float planes shuttle visitors from Port Alsworth to the put-in at Summit Lake and at the conclusion of the trip pick-up visitors from the takeout for return trip to Anchorage. Trips along the Tlikakila River range in length from 7-10 days, giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy a wilderness adventure and a reprieve from everyday life in a pristine and little traveled river environment.

River Details

Class:
Class III-IV
River Length
70 miles
50 Wild & Scenic
Time
7-10 days
Season:
July to September
Nearest Town
Port Alsworth, Anchorage (Fly-in)
Guides Available?
No
Additional Details
In Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, National Park Pass required.

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