Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
through Gates of Arctic National Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.
CLASS I(II) 260 miles
The wonderful Alaska scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. This stretch of Alatna River in Alaska is 260 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I(II) section. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.
The through Gates of Arctic National Park stretch is the only paddling stretch along Alatna River. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from
around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Endicott Mountains is a great experience. Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure.
Briefly about the general area: The month with most of the rain is August, and April is the month with the least
moisture. During the summer here at Alatna River, high temperatures commonly reach the 70's. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 40's. During the winter the highs are frequently in the-10's while the cold winter nights at Alatna River are in the-20's.