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Difficulty II
Length 75 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 09/22/2011 7:39 pm

River Description


The Chitina is one segment in several different long wilderness journeys. To reach the start of this section you'll be coming from the Tana River, 75 miles upstream of the Copper Confluence or from a run on the Nizina River, 55 miles upstream of the Copper.  Once the Chitina River ends at the confluence with the Copper, you can either pullout or continue another 115 miles on the Copper and out to the Gulf of Alaska.

Take out: 
A common and convenient take out is at O'Brien Creek on river right, 2.6 miles downstream of the Chitina/Copper River Confluence. 

The winds at the Copper river confluence and the strength of the river can catch you off guard. The locals said that the wind at the confluence is a pretty standard phenomena at the confluence. In addition to the wind, with the increase in volume comes some serious powerful boils in certain spots. One in particular was on the corner RR of the Copper confluence, I'm sure there tons. Because the weather was incredible, and the river was pretty calm the last few days we were not in our drysuits, next we will be!. WARNING: Boils at the Copper Confluence could easily flip a 16 foot boat and if one is not in their drysuits, they would assureadly be in a fight for their life because of the strength, and temperature of the water.  (Moenkopi, 2011)

Put in options: 
There is a landing strip at Jake's Bar cabins & airstrip just below the Tana River confluence.  There may be other landing options further upstream on the Chitina.   Float trips also start on the Tana River or on the Nizina River.

The winds at the Copper river confluence and the strength of the river can catch you off guard. The locals said that the wind at the confluence is a pretty standard phenomena at the confluence. In addition to the wind, with the increase in volume comes some serious powerful boils in certain spots. One in particular was on the corner RR of the Copper confluence, I'm sure there tons. Because the weather was incredible, and the river was pretty calm the last few days we were not in our drysuits, next we will be!. WARNING: Boils at the Copper Confluence could easily flip a 16 foot boat and if one is not in their drysuits, they would assureadly be in a fight for their life because of the strength, and temperature of the water.

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Nizina confluence

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