The Alsek is a remote wilderness river. Travellers must be entirely self-sufficient and able to handle any emergency situations on their own. In the event of an emergency you should be prepared for lengthy delays in search and rescue response times due to weather conditions and/or the availability of both aircraft and rescue personnel.
Satellite phones are the recommended form of communication. Other satellite GPS messenger devices, such as SPOT® or inReach®, are also effective. Cell phones do not work anywhere along the river corridor.
As the Alsek River flows through three parks, there is no single emergency contact number that is good for the whole river. It is important to know which number to call in the event of an emergency.
Kluane National Park and Reserve
24 hr emergency dispatch: 1-780-852-3100
Tatshenshini-Alsek Park and Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
24 hr emergency dispatch: 1-907-697- 2651