Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Chitina River to Gulf of Alaska section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.
CLASS II 115 miles
The beautiful scenery of Alaska and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Copper River in Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough is 115 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. And of course, there are campgrounds
nearby. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so better bring your camping gear along. The river winds through the Chugach Mountains and you get great scenery. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots
in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Chitina River to Gulf of Alaska section is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while
have people coming from far and near.
Briefly about the general area: Don't leave Copper River without first checking out Heney Glacier. It is very dried up here at Copper River typically. Most of the rain falls
during July; April on the other hand is the driest. Summertime highs at Copper River regularly tend to be in the 60's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 40's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 0's with winter lows in the-20's overnight here at Copper River.