The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Paddling the Primrose
|Earth River Expeditions
The Route: A rugged eight-day river trip via paddle-raft and inflatable tandem sea kayak through the Class IV Upper and Lower Primrose Canyons and across Primrose, Rose, and Kusawa Lakes. Includes a helicopter porage around a spectacular 170-foot waterfall.
When to go: June-July
Travel advisory: Because of its location just east of Alaska's St. Elias Range, the Primrose area largely escapes the two usual north-country summer bummers: rain and bugs. Instead of deet, bring SPF 30.
- Being towed at four knots across Primrose Lake by a rainbow-colored parafoil kite anchored to the bow of your sea kayak.
- Discovering a fresh moose kill buried by a soon-to-return grizzly only 30 feet from your idyllic lakeside campsite.