River Treks or Float Trips

 

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 Birch Creek is part of the National Wild Scenic River System. From its headwaters north of the Steese National Conservation Area, this river flows swiftly through upland plateaus, forested valleys, and rolling hills where river travelers often see moose, caribou, arctic grayling, and a variety of birds.

This 117 mile trip is predominately Class I- III and feeds into the Yukon River. This is one of Alaska's most popular rivers to float.

 

   canoelineup 2Experienced trek Guides help you to explore Alaska’s beautiful, wild and scenic waterways in a land where the rivers change every hour. The Northern Lights High Adventure Base offers canoe trips for all skill levels, whether your group is made up of novice canoeists or you are looking for the next adventure with class 3 rapids. We have a trip for you!

The Yukon River Trek is a class 1 river that requires basic canoeing skills yet offers the most remote and uniquely Alaskan river experience.

For those who are looking for more of a challenge and are eager to learn more advanced white water skills, the Tangle Lakes/Delta River Trek is probably for you.

Birch Creek is certainly worth taking a look at if you want a faster river with Class 1, Class 2 and even a few Class 3.

If you need help deciding, please call the High Adventure Director at 907-452-1976 for more information. He's pretty cool

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The Tangle Lakes are set on the north side of the Alaska Range. The headwaters of the Delta River, which flows north through Black Rapids Pass, join the Tanana River at Delta Junction. It is a remote and clear alpine river with good grayling fishing.

Most people could only dream about the inspiring scenery! You have a chance to see caribou, moose, wolves, bald eagles, Dahl sheep, and bear.
There is one portage around a series of waterfalls. This trek is an intermediate paddle. Glacial runoff feeds the lower part of the river from the spectacular Black Rapids pass.

This trek has limited space available.

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The premier Alaskan High Adventure outdoor experience for scouts. Backpacking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and more!

Thank you for your interest in the programs of the Northern Lights High Adventure Base. The Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America, based in Fairbanks, Alaska, operates the Base.

The mission of the Base is to provide a remote outdoor experience to youth and adults within the Scouting program.

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Category: FAQs

Ready to plan Trip. How do I make a reservation?

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The first step to planning your Northern Lights High Adventure Expedition is to answer the following questions:
1) Which trek do we want to attend? See pg. 7 for more information on the treks.
2) What day do we want to arrive? Arrival dates are flexible on a first come, first serve basis.
3) How long of a trip do we want? From 3 days to 3 weeks we have an option for you!
4) How many crews will we need? Some trips are restricted in size due to land use permits. See fee section for more details.
Once you have answered all of the above questions, contact NLHA to make your reservation. After reserving your trip, you will have 3 weeks to turn in your $330 deposit per crew (note: if making reservation after January 1, we require a $1,100 deposit per crew).

 

What are the Requirements to Attend NLHA?

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Each Crew must have:
➢ A minimum of two adults (one of which must be at least 21 years of age and registered with the BSA). There are no gender restrictions for leadership except for co-ed Exploring post or Venturing crews, which must have both male and female leadership 21 years old or older.
➢ 1 adult leader trained in the following:
o Wilderness First Aid (16 hour course)
o CPR
o Weather Hazards
o Safe Swim Defense
o Safety Afloat
➢ All adult leaders must be trained in Youth Protection

All participants:
➢ Must be 14 years of age or have completed 8th Grade upon arrival at NLHA
➢ Must weigh 100 LBS and no more than 295 LBS- more information on pg. 20
➢ Must have a current (within 12 months) and complete BSA Health and Medical Record
➢ Must be classified as a BSA swimmer*
➢ Must be a registered Boy Scout, Explorer or Venturer
*Swim Checks will be done at Lost Lake Camp by our Life Guards in order to verify that participants are able to swim in Alaskan waters.

Category: Resources

Canoeing Trek Equipment List

 click image to open/download the Canoeing/Kayaking Trek Equipment List

Canoeing Equipment

 Also needed are Water Filters (we recommend MSR or Katadyn)

 

Fishing Licenses

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Northern Lights High Adventure recommends that all Fishing Licenses be purchased online in advance of your trip through http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/.  All Alaska residents and nonresidents age 16 or older must purchase and possess a sport fishing license to participate in Alaska sport and personal use fisheries. For additional information on types of licenses and requirements visit the Alaska Fish and Game Department website at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/. 
*NOTE :  Northern Lights High Adventure does not have fishing gear to loan out or rent. However, we can make arrangements for your group to purchase the required gear while you’re here.
 
 

Trail Programs and Policies-part 1

Secure Your Food

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Bears, chipmunks, mice and other rodents are fond of trail food. Northern Lights High Adventure provides bear canisters for your food and ‘smellables’ at night. Use of the canisters is necessary. Remember, perfumed items (toothpaste, soaps, lip balm, etc.) may smell like food. Your Trek Leader will advise you on what to do and how to do it. Whether on the trail or on base, do not take food into any tent or cabin. 

Respect Wildlife

We are visitors in the wilderness – please be responsible and courteous guests. Do not bother or provoke wildlife. Animals should be enjoyed from a distance and should never be fed.

Purify All Drinking Water

All water from all natural sources - including springs, streams and lakes must be purified by bringing it to a rolling boil, treated with chemical purifier or filtered. 

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Email Subscription

A: 1400 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701

T: (907) 452-1976

E: clinton.stewart@scouting.org

W: high.alaskahighadventure.com

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