Places to Paddle tm
Our Route Summary
Entry and Exit
What We Saw
You 6-7 day float trip begins in Telegraph Creek, BC.
Spend the night in the historic Stikine Riversong Lodge (See Photo at left), a Hudson bay trading post 100 years ago this is nicely appointed today, or start your trip and find a location to camp on the river.
The Stikine is not a whitewater class river but it is a high volume, high current river not to be taken for granted. The Stikine River is pretty much 160 miles of pristine and virtually uninhabited river. 160 miles may seem like a lot of distance to cover but remember that the current is helping you along averaging 7-9 miles per hr.
The Stikine begins as a single channel river but soon develops into multiple channels. Most of these "side sloughs" can be navigated but one must be careful as there are logjams in some and the current is quite fast, so the main channel is the safer bet.
Prime camp sites (See Photo below) can be pointed out on the way up stream or you can just pick any spot that hits your fancy when the time comes, (most all sites are undeveloped).
|After approximately 60 miles you will witness the
transformation of the Stikine River and surrounding
terrain from the Cassiar high plateau region (See Photo
below) to the Coastal Mountain range that borders between
all of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, at this
point you will see many hanging glaciers on both sides of
the river for the next 100 miles. (See Photo at right)
|Striking waterfalls can also be
witnessed on the Stikine.
|When you reach the International boundary you are 33
miles from Wrangell AK. At this point you can either
continue to camp out or choose to rent one of the Forest
Service Rec. Cabins. (See Photo below). There are several
to choose from as you continue towards Wrangell (you must
book in advance).
|On the U.S. side of the Stikine you might want to make a stop at Chief Shakes Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the mineral water (no sulfur smell, thank heavens) (See Photo at right)|
|Points to remember the Stikine is a high volume
river, so one must be able to control your craft at all
times. There is little chance of immediate rescue if
something goes wrong, so you must be able to handle
emergencies on your own, there is no chance to
"walk" out to roads.
But as long as you are competent in your skills and well prepared, or choose to go with a competent guide, you will be rewarded with some awesome scenery and a very memorable experience.
For a shorter adventure, you may also paddle from Shakes Lakes to Wrangell AK, a 35 mile paddle.