Having nearly 40 years guiding experience, we’ve been so fortunate to have shared some of the world’s mostly unexplored waterways with our clients. But few can rival the true hidden gem that is the Yukon’s Rackla River. From August 1st – 13th 2016, we’ll be charting this course again to bring this once in a lifetime canoe trip, to a lucky new group of travellers. We can’t wait!
Luckily, we’ve still got a few spots available, so come with us to Rackla River: Tour A Mysterious Yukon Gem!
About The Rackla & Our Tour
The Rackla River is a mysterious Yukon gem that few know of and even fewer have padded. A tributary of the mighty Stewart, the Rackla rises in the beautiful Wernecke & Selwyn Mountains and flows swiftly west and south toward the much larger Stewart River. Along the way we’ll have beautiful mountain scenery, with time for hiking, stunning canyons and fun swift-water paddling with numerous enjoyable class 1 & 2 rapids.
We’ll meet our group in Whitehorse and take a shuttle van 4hrs to Mayo and the charter float-plane base. From here we will fly about 50min into one of the small lakes that feed the Rackla River. We will likely spend a half-day on the lake to fish, hike and enjoy the scenery. After which it will be a short creek paddle from the lake down to the river. In order to enjoy the mountain scenery in the upper sections of the river we will move slowly with lots of time to make the occasional side trip or hike. We’ll spend 4-5 days (with layover days) to travel from our starting lake down to the Stewart River. The final 8 days will be spent paddling the 260km of the beautiful and fast flowing Stewart. Here we’ll encounter a few larger rapids, one stunning 7mile canyon and one short portage around a majestic falls. We’ll paddle right back into Mayo and then be shuttled back to Whitehorse.
Note: this is a suggested itinerary only, conditions on each trip may vary.Midday Saturday group meeting for lunch in Whitehorse. Shopping and sightseeing
Our flights into the river will be about 8am, as such we will depart Whitehorse for our van shuttle to Mayo after lunch. We’ll camp at the air base.
From or landing lake it’s a short paddle on a small creek to reach the Rackla river. This creek could have some shallow sections and log jams. We’ll lunch on the Rackla. Moving downstream we’ll travel a short while and camp early to enjoy the sites.
Hike, Relaxation Day
We’ll move down the fast flowing Rackla, encountering fast water with some class 1 & 2 rapids, to it’s confluence with the Beaver. There are great hiking opportunities in this area and we’ll camp with this in mind.
We’ll continue downstream in constant currant and easy rapids toward the Stewart. Passing by more towering mountains we’ll reach the mighty Stewart. Again there are some great hiking options in this upper Stewart section of our trip so we may camp early to enjoy one of these.
On Stewart to Hess Confluence. Fast flowing strong current, easy rapids, 7 mile canyon Rapids (class 2+).
We’ll spend the final 4 days of the trip paddling 160km from the Hess confluence on the Stewart River. Here we will encounter some class 2 rapids (3 mile rapids and 5 mile rapids) but mostly its just strong current and swifts, which will whisk us along easily allowing us to cover 40km per day. There is one portage around the beautiful Fraser falls . We will camp on Day 13 in order to allow us to reach Mayo by late morning/mid day of day 13.
Half day paddle to Mayo, Shuttle back to Whitehorse