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Alaska whitewater, Copper River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Gulkana River to Chitina River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     77 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Alaska you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This is the only paddling section along Copper River. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. This section of Copper River in Alaska is 77 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater.
    Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. Some people
prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other places for that. The wonderful Alaska scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Summer brings highs in the 60's to Copper River. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 40's. The winter comes with highs in the 0's while the cold winter nights at Copper River are in the-20's.
 
Copper River is generally a pretty dried up site. July is the wettest month with most rain while April is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Copper River, Gulkana River to Chitina River 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 Copper River.
 Whitewater Near Copper River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outfitters, Valdez Cordova Borough, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nadina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 18 miles long (Nadina Glacier to Copper River)
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina)
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 20 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Richardson Highway to right above Canyon)
Chetaslina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 28 miles away
      Class V+ - 18 miles long (Chichokna River to Copper River)
 Hotels Near Copper River:
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center , 4 miles away
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfast, Tazlina , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Copper River:
Klutina River Fishcamp Svc, Copper Center, 4 miles away
Kenny Lake Mercantile and RV Park, Copper Center, 11 miles away
Squirrel Creek Campground, Valdez-Cordova County, 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Copper River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 33 miles away

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