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Alaska whitewater, Chickaloon River

Matanuska-Susitna Borough county, 30 Mile Airstrip to Matanuska section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     33 miles
  The wonderful Alaska scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Chickaloon River make the trip here worthwhile. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Not too many
    hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling
rivers. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. There's camping available near Chickaloon River. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The Talkeetna Mountains scenery is wonderful. This section of Chickaloon River is 33 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III+(IV) section.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
The Chickaloon Knik Nelchina Trail offers hiking at its best, and folks from Sutton love to come here. Man, is there a lot of exciting stuff to do in the Talkeetna Mountains. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Chickaloon River; Chickaloon River Trail is a fine local trail. All through the days of summer at Chickaloon River highs are generally in the 60's. When the night sets in temperatures fall down into the 40's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 10's while the cold winter nights at Chickaloon River are in the-10's. Chickaloon River gets very little rainfall.

Chickaloon River, 30 Mile Airstrip to Matanuska road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Chickaloon River.
 Whitewater Near Chickaloon River:
Chickaloon River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 10 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 33 miles long (30 Mile Airstrip to Matanuska)
Coal Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 11.8 miles long (Glacier to Matanuska River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Raft Rentals, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 15 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Matanuska Madwater Rafting Company, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Riverrunners, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Kings River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 23 miles away
      Class V+ - 20 miles long (Upper Kings to Glenn Highway)
Gravel Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 27 miles away
      Class IV+ - 11.5 miles long (Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River)
 Ski Areas Near Chickaloon River:
Alyeska, Alaska , 62 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 95 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
 Trails Near Chickaloon River:
Chickaloon River Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 6 miles away
Chickaloon Knik Nelchina Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 10 miles away

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