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Alaska whitewater, Little Nelchina River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Little Nelchina Br. on Glenn Highway to Tazlina Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     27 miles
  The Little Nelchina Br. on Glenn Highway to Tazlina Lake stretch of Little Nelchina River in Alaska is 27 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The nature scenery of Alaska and the cool fresh water attract
    people from near and far. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Little Nelchina Br. on Glenn Highway to Tazlina Lake stretch is one of them. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.
This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Summertime at Little Nelchina River arrives with high temperatures in the 60's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's typically in the 40's. Through the winter highs are in the 0's with temperatures at Little Nelchina River dipping down into the-20's all through winter nights. Little Nelchina River is pretty dried up mostly. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain; April is the month with the least moisture.

Little Nelchina River, Little Nelchina Br. on Glenn Highway to Tazlina Lake 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 Little Nelchina River.
 Whitewater Near Little Nelchina River:
Little Nelchina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 27 miles long (Little Nelchina Br. on Glenn Highway to Tazlina Lake)
 Hotels Near Little Nelchina River:
Totem Inn, Valdez , 36 miles away
Mountain Sky Hotel And Suites, Valdez , 36 miles away
Valdez Harbor Inn, Valdez , 36 miles away
Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, Valdez , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Nelchina River:
Lake Louise Lodge, Glennallen, 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Nelchina River
Cottonwood Lake, Valdez-Cordova , 9 miles away

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