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    Anyone spent anytime between Hyder and the Chickamin River/Behm Canal area?

    Considering a traverse from Hyder to the Behm Canal via the Chickamin Glacier. I'm living in Ketchikan, but local info is fragmented.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trackhead View Post
    Anyone spent anytime between Hyder and the Chickamin River/Behm Canal area?

    Considering a traverse from Hyder to the Behm Canal via the Chickamin Glacier. I'm living in Ketchikan, but local info is fragmented.

    Thanks.
    About 15 years ago a good friend and myself ran two skiffs up to the Chickamin River so we could leave one as a transport boat. My friend and another buddy were planning on floating the river starting from the headwaters. After we left the boat he and his buddy flew the river in a helicopter and found that it was not passable. They regrouped and ended up floating the Unuk River instead.

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    Thanks, I was kind of thinking there was one bad spot on the topo where it could be unlikely.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    About 15 years ago a good friend and myself ran two skiffs up to the Chickamin River so we could leave one as a transport boat. My friend and another buddy were planning on floating the river starting from the headwaters. After we left the boat he and his buddy flew the river in a helicopter and found that it was not passable. They regrouped and ended up floating the Unuk River instead.
    Kingfisherktn, I'm looking for beta on the Chickamin River. I wonder what made it "not passable"? It sounds like they had normal raft, like 14'? I'm planning a ski/packraft mission down the Chickamin glacier and river. "Not passable" for a large raft could be portage-able in a pack raft. I would greatly appreciate any advice or information you may have. Do you know which flight service might fly the glacier/river often? Spirit of Alaska Tours? Often enough to possibly take photos in late April.

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    I don't really remember what the issue was. It seems like it might have been a major slide cutting off access. You would have to find some current activity in that area. Maybe some one like Taquan Air might be able to provide that.

    Good luck.

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