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Alaska whitewater, Little Susitna River

Upper section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     5 miles
 
There is an Outfitter on the Little Susitna River Called lilsuriveroutfittersak.com offering Raft Rentals,Canoe Rentals, Tube Rentals and Shuttle Service. Says Gino

The wonderful -blank- Borough scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Anchorage, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Upper stretch of Little
    Susitna River in -blank- Borough is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. The river winds through the Talkeetna Mountains and you get great scenery. Not too many hotels nearby,
you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Upper section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alaska is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with  
plenty of spots for that. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Palmer here. Not much rainfall falls here at Little Susitna River. The month of September is the wettest with most of the rain while April is commonly the driest month. For the period of the months of summer at Little Susitna River highs are regularly in the 60's while nighttime lows are commonly in the 40's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's, and through the dark hours in the winter at Little Susitna River temperatures sink to the 0's.

Little Susitna River, Upper 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 Little Susitna River.
 Whitewater Near Little Susitna River:
Reeds Creek, -blank- Borough, 3 miles away
      Class V - 0.8 miles long (Good Hope Creek Confluence to Reed Lakes Trailhead)
Little Susitna River, -blank- Borough, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (Upper)
Little Susitna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge)
Moose Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Buffalo Mine Road to Glenn Highway)
Archangel Creek, -blank- Borough, 7 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Fairangel Creek Confluence to Little Su Confluence)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 21 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Upper)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Echo Bend to Rapids Camp)
Wolverine Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Upper River to Matanuska River)
Sheep River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 25 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 50 miles long (Close to Glacier to Talkeetna River)
Granite Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16 miles long (2600-foot level to Glenn Highway)
 Ski Areas Near Little Susitna River:
Alyeska, Alaska , 27 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 40 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 47 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Little Susitna River:
Alaska Garden Gate B&B, Palmer , 7 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B&B And Cottages, Palmer , 11 miles away
Agate Inn, Wasilla , 15 miles away
Alaskas Select Inn Wasilla, Wasilla , 16 miles away
Grand View Inn And Suites, Wasilla , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Susitna River:
Rivers Edge Recreation Park, Sutton, 6 miles away
Town and Country RV Park, Palmer, 7 miles away
Moose Creek Campground, Matanuska-Susitna County, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Susitna River:
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 51 miles away
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 54 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 19 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Susitna River:
Fishhook Golf Course, Palmer , 6 miles away
Palmer Golf Course, Palmer , 11 miles away
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Wasilla , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Susitna River
Baird Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 8 miles away
Echo Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 9 miles away
Finger Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 11 miles away

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