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Alaska whitewater, Kennicott River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, McCarthy Road to Nizina River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     4.8 miles
  The McCarthy Road to Nizina River section of Kennicott River is 4.8 miles long and is a class II+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough and the water flowing gracefully down Kennicott River have people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the McCarthy Road to Nizina River section is one of them. 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. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots
in Alaska are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The beauty of the Wrangell Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general
A delightful site right next door to Kennicott River is Fivemile Gulch. Summertime brings highs in the 60's to Kennicott River with nighttime lows in the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 0's, and night lows during the winter for Kennicott River tend to be in the-20's. Kennicott River is pretty dry generally. July is when you get the most rain here while April is generally the driest month.

Kennicott River, McCarthy Road to Nizina River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Kennicott River.
 Whitewater Near Kennicott River:
Kennicott River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 4.8 miles long (McCarthy Road to Nizina River)
Nizina River, Wrangell-St. Elias Natl. Park Borough, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Kennicott River to Chitna River)
Chakina River, Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough, 12 miles away
      Class V - 20 miles long (Gravel bar to Chitina River)
McCarthy Creek, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 13 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 19 miles long (Close to Bonanza Ridge to McCarthy)
Chitina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 19 miles away
      Class II - 55 miles long (Nizina River to Chitina)
Tana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 25 miles away
      Class IV - 36 miles long (Gravel Bar to Chitina River)
Lakina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 26 miles away
      Class III+ - 11.25 miles long (McCarthy Road Bridge to Chitina River)
Lakina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 17 miles long (Mill Creek to McCarthy Road Bridge)
Nabesna River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area - Southeast Fairbanks Census Area Borough, 28 miles away
      Class II - 81 miles long (Nabesna Glacier to Northway Indian Village)
 Campgrounds Near Kennicott River:
Glacier View Campground, Anchorage, 3 miles away

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