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Alaska whitewater, Gulkana River

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

 

CLASS II-III     81 miles
  The Paxson Lake to Sourdough Campground stretch of Gulkana River in Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough is 81 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The nature scenery of Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The Alaska Range scenery is wonderful. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,
    either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. A good workout
and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alaska is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Gulkana River is pretty waterless frequently. July is the month that gets the most rain while April is commonly the driest month. Throughout the long summer days highs here at Gulkana River get into the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 40's. High temperatures throughout the winter are normally in the 0's; after the sun is down throughout the wintertime temperatures at Gulkana River fall into the-20's.

Gulkana River, Paxson Lake to Sourdough Campground 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, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 81 miles long (Paxson Lake to Sourdough Campground)
Gulkana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 12 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Summit Lake to Paxson Lake)
Copper River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II - 77 miles long (Gulkana River to Chitina River)
Gakona River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 24 miles away
      Class III - 92 miles long (Gakona Glacier to Copper River)
 Hotels Near Gulkana River:
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfast, Tazlina , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gulkana River:
Paxson Inn and Lodge, Paxson, 10 miles away
Moose Horn RV Park, Glennallen, 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gulkana River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 27 miles away

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