This blog was originally published by Hunt Alaska magazine on their website in May 2018. Charley River. Eagle C-5, C-6, D-5, D-6 Charley River … A 7 day, 170 mile wilderness backpack and packraft trip along the Ribdon, Ivishak and Sagavanirktok rivers in Alaska… I passed some decaying cabins and walked through an old overgrown forest fire before reaching a huge valley full of gravel bars, willow patches, wet tundra, marsh, and black spruce.
I walked 17 miles up Paldo Creek and then another 7 miles over a low pass and then continue onward to a point on the Charley River that was large enough to paddle. Alaska Packraft Trip Down Alaska’s Charley River Mary Price | Yukon-Charley River National Preserve, Alaska From June 3 – 10, 2017, three women paddle packrafts from the shallow icy headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Charley River to the giant Yukon River. We have worked with professional and amateur photographers from around the world. Photography trips: Wildlife photography, landscape photography, film or art. alaska packrafting adventures Packrafts are inflatable, one-person boats that fit in/on a backpack, enabling adventures that combine trekking and paddling, while keeping it light and simple. The serene Alatna River passes through some of the wildest and gorgeous country in Alaska. OVERVIEW: The headwaters of the Sanctuary River are located in Denali National Park and Preserve, about 16 miles south of mile 22.5 of Denali’s Park Road.Rafting the Sanctuary River is a good packrafting trip for beginning packrafters, but hiking across the trail-less, rugged terrain of Denali National Park is difficult and daunting. Although permits are not required for floating the Charley River, it is strongly recommended that visitors file a voluntary float plan and a notification of trip completion.
While backpacker BRFCs are available in Eagle, if you are hiking, packrafting, or kayaking in Yukon-Charley Rivers, you may also visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Fairbanks to obtain a free rental backpacker BRFC.

USGS Maps. Yukon-Charley Rivers provides both steel drum BRFCs with locking lids and smaller backpacker BRFCs. These are on-the-go, inflate and float, wonder-craft – it’s truly amazing how much ground can be covered as soon you throw packrafting into the mix! I've packrafted many rivers in Alaska, and the pictures here reflect some of the landscape accessible with this great blend of human-powered travel. While backpacker BRFCs are available in Eagle, if you are hiking, packrafting, or kayaking in Yukon-Charley Rivers, you may also visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Fairbanks to obtain a free rental backpacker BRFC. For this trip we travel from Fairbanks to Bettles, Alaska. Packraft on the banks of the Charley River, sun going down behind ridge in background, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska, United States of America Yukon-Charley Rivers provides both steel drum BRFCs with locking lids and smaller backpacker BRFCs.