North Slope Borough
Dalton Highway Bridge to Slope Mt. Road Camp section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.
CLASS III-IV 36 miles
The Dalton Highway Bridge to Slope Mt. Road Camp section of Atigun/Sagavanirktok in North Slope Borough Borough is 36 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. There are a few other sections in this river system that
can be paddled as well. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, perfect for a real wilderness adventure.
The beautiful Brooks Range scenery is an added bonus. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. 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. The nature scenery of Alaska and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Some people
prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling places.
Briefly about the general area: During the summertime highs here at Atigun/Sagavanirktok
reach the 60's with overnight lows in the 40's. Throughout the wintertime highs are commonly in the-10's; after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Atigun/Sagavanirktok fall into the-30's. Atigun/Sagavanirktok
is pretty dried out regularly. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and the driest month is April.