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Alaska whitewater, Kings River

Matanuska-Susitna Borough county, Upper Kings to Glenn Highway section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     20 miles
  The Upper Kings to Glenn Highway stretch of Kings River in Alaska is 20 miles long and is a class V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Alaska and the water flowing gracefully down Kings River will make you feel great. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Upper Kings to Glenn Highway section is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska tend to be more
    challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack
your sleeping bag. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Anchorage, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.  
Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The river winds through the Talkeetna Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Sheep Valley is a great place to explore near Kings River, and the Chickaloon Trail is a splendid hiking trail close by. Life's too short to enjoy all the fun stuff in the Talkeetna Mountains. At Kings River you donít see much rain. September is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest month is March. At Kings River during the summertime highs are in the 60's.

Kings River, Upper Kings to Glenn Highway 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 Kings River.
 Whitewater Near Kings River:
Granite Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16 miles long (2600-foot level to Glenn Highway)
Kings River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 20 miles long (Upper Kings to Glenn Highway)
Whitewater Outfitter - Matanuska Madwater Rafting Company, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Riverrunners, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Sheep River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 10 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 50 miles long (Close to Glacier to Talkeetna River)
Wolverine Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 12 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Upper River to Matanuska River)
Talkeetna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 54 miles long (Stephan Lake to Susitna River at Talkeetna Village)
Moose Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 24 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Buffalo Mine Road to Glenn Highway)
Little Susitna River, -blank- Borough, 27 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (Upper)
 Ski Areas Near Kings River:
Alyeska, Alaska , 40 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 69 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 75 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Kings River:
Alaska Garden Gate B&B, Palmer , 29 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B&B And Cottages, Palmer , 39 miles away
The Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood , 40 miles away
Agate Inn, Wasilla , 44 miles away
Alaskas Select Inn Wasilla, Wasilla , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kings River:
Pinnacle Mountain Recreation, Sutton, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Kings River:
Chickaloon Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 6 miles away

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