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Alaska whitewater, Aniakchak River

Aniakchak National Park and Preserve county, Surprise Lake to Aniakchak Bay section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     32 miles
  This stretch of Aniakchak River is 32 miles long and is a class I-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Alaska and the cool fresh water have people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are some good stretches to paddle in this
    river system, the Surprise Lake to Aniakchak Bay stretch is one of them. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so it looks like you will be camping out. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
this is an area with not too many other places for that. The average Alaska whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
Aniakchak River is regularly a rather waterless location. The wettest month of the year is mostly September, that's the one that rains the most, and the
driest month of the year is February. For the period of the warm days of summer at Aniakchak River highs are frequently in the 50's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's generally in the 40's. Daytime highs throughout the wintertime are in the 20's with temperatures at Aniakchak River dipping down into the 10's during winter nights.

Aniakchak River, Surprise Lake to Aniakchak Bay road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Aniakchak River.
 Whitewater Near Aniakchak River:
Aniakchak River, Aniakchak National Park and Preserve Borough, 20 miles away
      Class I-IV - 32 miles long (Surprise Lake to Aniakchak Bay)

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