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Thread: Family Float

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    Default Family Float

    Am thinking of taking the family (wife and 4 kids) on a couple night float trip. Was thinking of Chulitna or Nenana. Anybody have any ideas on the water conditions? How about the takeout from the Chulitna on the Parks? Can I do the Chulitna in a 16ft self bailer safely with a 4 yr old?

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    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Multi day trips with kids

    With kids everything is good, until something goes wrong. This could be foul weather, water conditions, or mishaps on the trip. I have boated my kids around Alaska since they were 4-5 years old, and the extra care when preparing for the trip is worth it.
    I am not going to share war stories, but would stress that all is on your shoulders, and it is a huge responsibilty.
    A river like the Chulitna can rise really fast in the hot sun, so keep this in mind, it is a big glacial fed river. You may find sweepers or strainers on the East fork, and root-ball strewn trees deposited on other parts of the Chulitna. When running a river rated over class II, my kids wear drysuits, helmets, and are familar with hazards, but I still do not take class II lightly when kids are on board.
    Another shorter safer option, for your family,could be the Delta, with a short portage.
    For safety purposes, especially when little ones are involved.
    *Top notch gear is a must.
    *Read every piece of information concerning your chosen river, guide books, etc.
    *Start with small trips, then proceed with more demanding trips as your group matures on the water.
    *Support from other rafts, or kayaks is not a bad idea either.
    *Crying sad kids will quickly subdue the joy you are seeking, so be extra prepared.
    Good luck

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    Have done the Kenai in 2 days with this crew- thinking the upper section of the Nenana through Reindeer Hills might be a better trip. Looking to go sometime in the next several days. Thanks a lot for the advice-


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