John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, called the Stikine River “a Yosemite 100 miles long.”
Rising deep in British Columbia and skirting the edge of the Stikine Icefields, the river is fed by dozens of glaciers. The Stikine is also one of the most important flyways anywhere; as many as a quarter-billion birds stop here on their migration. During the great gold rush of 1898, the Stikine was site of a different migration, as stampeders used the river as a route to the goldfields.
At Alaska Vistas, we think of the Stikine River as our back yard.
We offer three- to five-day guided trips, suitable for experienced paddlers, on the lower Stikine River. We’ll travel the river as it cuts through old-growth rainforest, past glacial streams running pure white into the Stikine’s muddy flow. We’ll watch for moose and bears on the land, arctic terns and bald eagles in the air.
Possible sidetrips for paddlers include Chief Shakes’ Hot Springs, a perfect place to soak tired arms, or the garnet ledge, to look for Alaska’s only gemstone.
Here’s the thing about the Stikine: Muir only saw part of it. It’s much better and longer than he ever dreamed.