Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon River Adventures
Canning River

Marsh Fork of the Canning River


Canning River

The Marsh Fork of the Canning is our newest addition to the ANWR rivers and it has quickly become a favorite of ours. The 10-day, 78-mile trip begins at the river’s headwaters in the heart of the Brooks Range and we float 30 miles downstream to the confluence with the Main Fork of the Canning River in the broad coastal plain. All the while, we are treated to a dynamic environment with stunning fossils that would make any geologist’s or rockhound’s head spin. This arctic river provides ideal habitat for a diversity of creatures including grizzlies, muskoxen, caribou, moose, dall sheep, wolves, foxes, and an abundance of arctic birds and fish including arctic char and grayling. ANWR receives much attention in the news for its abundant oil reserves, but the region also hosts fun whitewater (Class II+) and excellent hiking in addition to hydrocarbon deposits. The scenic beauty of this wilderness area is one of America’s greatest natural resources and it is certainly worth experiencing.

Marsh and Main Fork of the Canning Photos

by Steve Siegrist and Lonnie Hutson

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  • Trip Details
  • Experience, Age, Fitness
  • Equipment Supplied
  • Weather
  • River Classification
  • Travel
  • FAQ'S

The Trip
Meet us in Fairbanks, AK for a pre-trip meeting where we’ll go over logistics and a general plan for the trip as well as distribute personal river gear. The next day, enjoy a 3-hour scenic flight to our put-in along the river’s headwaters in the Brooks Range. Over the next 10-days you will enjoy incredible whitewater, unparalleled hiking, and breathtaking scenery as we float downstream through the Alaskan Wilderness. A typical day will include hot coffee and tea with a warm breakfast, some morning whitewater down to a scenic lunch spot, and an afternoon float down to a new camp. After setting up our new home we will usually sneak in a quick hike for more exploration and wildlife opportunities before returning to camp for a delicious meal prepared by our crew. Enjoy the evening by the campfire before getting a full night’s rest before another adventure-filled day! After our trip we will reconvene in Fairbanks, AK after another flight with Wright Air.

Camping on the Canning River
Sundog Expeditions likes to provide a participatory experience. Each day as we camp along the river, you will be involved in helping set up the comforts of camp.


Group Size
is limited by the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to 10 group members, including guides and guests.

Meals & Food
All meals will be provided on the river beginning with lunch before we launch on the first day of your trip and ending with lunch at our take-out. We serve a wonderful menu of delicious and healthy foods. We are able to accommodate most dietary requests and requirements.

Campfires are made in firepans to avoid scorching the sand or soil and allowing us to remove the ash from our campsite, leaving a no trace camp.

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This trip is suitable for individuals of varying levels of experience. The minimum age for participation is 14 years old and there is no upper limit. You should be in reasonable physical condition and those with serious health concerns should be aware that this trip is conducted in true wilderness. First time campers are welcome and will acquire skills in outdoor living with the help of our very experienced guides.


SUNDOG EXPEDITIONS provides each guest with a Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket, all eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware), an insulated coffee mug with lid, a high quality 4-season tent (double occupancy), a waist high wader with rubber booties, high quality rubberized rain jacket, waterproof bags, and storage for brCanningeakable items.

To insure your comfort we provide you with a high quality four-season tent  for two people,  single tent rental is available. We will teach you how to set it up if you have no experience or are unfamiliar with the equipment.

Layers are always a good bet. When you sign up for a trip with us, you will receive an information package which will include a detailed list of what you will need to bring with you to be comfortable both on the river and at camp.

Sundog Expeditions has Rental Sundog Expeditions has Rental Sleepkits available. Avoid the hassle of traveling with bulky sleeping gear by renting equipment to use during your trip. Each kit includes a warm high quality sleeping bag, comfortable sleeping pad (therm-a-rest), ground cloth, and pillowcase. Our sleepkits are thoroughly laundered after each use. Rentals are $40 per person/trip.

The Arctic is a land of extremes and you should be prepared for variability. It is often warm and sunny, but it can become windy, cold, and rainy for extended periods of time. Temperatures range from the 40's and 50's (Fahrenheit) at night, to the 60's 70's and 80's in the daytime. It is always cool while we are floating on the river.Canning River

You will not need to bring a flashlight with you.


This stretch of river is rated Class Il-lll
A fast flowing river with a nice gradient and numerous class II-III rapids.

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When you sign up for a trip with us you will receive a detailed information pack which will include information on travel and accommodations.

Major Airlines provide service from the lower 48 to Fairbanks, they include: Alaska Airlines, Northwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta.

Meals and Food
All meals will be provided on the river beginning with lunch on the first day of your trip and ending with lunch on the river before we reach our take-out. We serve a wonderful menu ofCanning River delicious and healthy foods. Including fresh fruits, vegetables and meats which we carry in large coolers. Each evening and morning your crew will prepare amazing meals and lunch will be prepared on the river at around noontime. We are able to accommodate most dietary requests and requirements.

A sample menu for one day might go something like this...For Breakfast, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Tea, and Orange Juice, Blueberry Pancakes with real Maple Syrup, Thick-sliced Bacon, and Grapefruit and Orange Compote. For Lunch on the river...Mexican Burrito Wrap Sandwiches with Tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa. And later on at camp, Egg Drop Soup, Marinated Mushrooms, Gouda Cheese and Crackers. Dinner of fresh Curried Shrimp served with Balsamic Rice and a fresh Caesar Salad. For Dessert...Cheesecake!

in order to maintain the pristine camps on the Salmon River we carry out all waste and trash. Each day when you arrive at camp your guides will set up a private portable toilet system. Please don't worry! Your comfort is paramount and your crew will explain everything you need to know at the very beginning your trip

Our guides work very hard to provide a great trip for you. At your discretion, a tip may be left with your trip leader and will be appreciated by all of your crew