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Alaska whitewater, Gulkana River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Summit Lake to Paxson Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     12 miles
  The scenic beauty of Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Summit Lake to Paxson Lake stretch of Gulkana River in Alaska is 12 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class
    III section. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general
area you won't find many other paddling places. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. The river winds through the Alaska Range and you get great scenery. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds  
nearby. The Summit Lake to Paxson Lake stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Summertime highs at Gulkana River mostly tend to be in the 60's with overnight lows in the 50's. For the period of the wintertime highs are generally in the 0's; winter nights come with lows in the-20's to Gulkana River. Gulkana River is mostly a pretty dry place. The month with most of the rain is July, and March is the month with the least moisture.

Gulkana River, Summit Lake to Paxson Lake 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 Gulkana River.
 Whitewater Near Gulkana River:
Gulkana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 81 miles long (Paxson Lake to Sourdough Campground)
Gulkana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 4 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Summit Lake to Paxson Lake)
Gakona River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 21 miles away
      Class III - 92 miles long (Gakona Glacier to Copper River)
Jarvis Creek, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area Borough, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Trail above McCumber Creek to Trail below Ober Creek (Jarvis Creek Canyon))
Copper River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 26 miles away
      Class II - 77 miles long (Gulkana River to Chitina River)
Delta River, Alaska Range North of Paxson Borough, 30 miles away
      Class II-IV - 14 miles long (Suzy Q Creek to Donnelly Creek Campground)
 Hotels Near Gulkana River:
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfast, Tazlina , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gulkana River:
Paxson Inn and Lodge, Paxson, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gulkana River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 35 miles away

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