I need some guidance concerning a float that some friends are considering and asked me to go along with them. Not sure if they actually want me to tag along. Some of these guys have suggested floating down the Nelchina River from the Glen Hwy to Tazlina Lake. Then paddling north-east along the shore of Tazlina Lake to the lake outlet. Then floating down the Tazlina River to takeout at either the Richardson Hwy or continuing to the Copper River with the take-out being at Copper Center.
Like all of us I have driven the Glen Hwy a gaggle of times. The Nelchina River, from the highway appears to be little more than a pain-in-the-posterior creek. To raft or float it looks really labor intensive because it looks so tiny. But following rain that little creek turns mud brown and rises to greater-than-Eagle-River water flowage.
And at the other end, when viewed from the Richardson Highway, the Tazlina River looks like it can test experienced rafters, if my memory is correct.
OK, these guys are all rough, tough semi experienced kick-ass rafters, not quite prestigious river-rats, just slightly past their physical prime. Actually, each is a better rafter, more experienced than they would ever admit. They have high quality 2nd-hand rafts, and are generally heavily loaded. I mean their rafts start every trip heavily loaded with all the usual stuff and large quantities of assorted beverages. Following each evening, their rafts become significantly lighter. Each has done the Gulkana River a dozen times, Eagle River dozens of times, Lake Creek several times, and assorted trips on the Matanuska (including Lionshead), Copper, and Nebasna Rivers. They do not hunt. They do not fish. They do not raft intoxicated. Not much anyhoooo.
So, who among us has done this float? Can anybody give me some “on-the-oars-highlights” about rafting the tiny Nelchina River (a creek) at the start of the trip and the Tazlina River at the end of the trip. How many days does this float trip take?
Should I take one of my own boat, insuring I get all the oar time on that boat? Or should I suggest that they take only their boats, insuring I will not lose much of my own personal gear?
This same thread-question has been posted once in the recent past, with a grand total of one (1) response from Jim S. Anybody new care to add new, addditional information?
Thank you for sharing your experiences with me.