Thinking of trying to do this early in the year -- some folks coming from the Lower 48 have a May 15 to 22 window. Anyone run the Copper in May?
My main concerns relate to ice and access... Will Miles Lake clogged with ice and bergs? Will the road out to Million Dollar Bridge be open?
I'm also worried about flows. USGS records show they are in the 50 to 80 k range at the bridge near Cordova in this time frame. With summer flows usually in the 150 to 200 k range, does anyone have experience dealing with the braids if flows are this low? Also, does any one have experience or a good guess on how such low flows might affect rate of travel (we are thinking Chitina to the bridge in 5 to 6 days -- might this be unrealistic?).
Finally, even if we don't go in May, does anyone have contacts for shuttle arrangements from the bridge to Cordova or experience getting rafts and frames etc. on the ferry. Do you have to have a vehicle to carry everything?
Thanks in advance....