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Alaska whitewater, Little Susitna River

Matanuska-Susitna county, Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     6.4 miles
  The average Alaska whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Anchorage, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The campgrounds here at Little Susitna
    River are pretty good. The beautiful scenery of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This is a pretty decent length section,
suitable for an afternoon trip. The Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge stretch of Little Susitna River is 6.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting a good workout and spending some  
quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The Talkeetna Mountains scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to encounter some friendly people from Palmer here. Chugach State Park is a pleasant spot to stretch your legs a bit. Summer brings highs in the 60's to Little Susitna River with night lows in the 40's. For the period of the winter highs are typically in the 20's, and nighttime lows through the winter for Little Susitna River tend to be in the 0's. Around Little Susitna River you donít get a lot of rain. During the month of September you get the most rain around here, and the driest month of the year is April.

Little Susitna River, Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge 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:
Little Susitna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge)
Archangel Creek, -blank- Borough, 3 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Fairangel Creek Confluence to Little Su Confluence)
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, 9 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (Upper)
Moose Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 11 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Buffalo Mine Road to Glenn Highway)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 17 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Upper)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Echo Bend to Rapids Camp)
Sheep Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 23 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (to Parks Highway)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Adventure Guides, Anchorage Borough, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Borealis River Guides, Anchorage Borough, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Little Susitna River:
Alyeska, Alaska , 26 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 35 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 41 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Little Susitna River:
Alaska Garden Gate B&B And Cottages, Palmer , 6 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B&B, Palmer , 9 miles away
Agate Inn, Wasilla , 9 miles away
Alaskas Select Inn Wasilla, Wasilla , 11 miles away
Grand View Inn And Suites, Wasilla , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Susitna River:
Homestead RV Campground, Palmer, 6 miles away
Rivers Edge Recreation Park, Sutton, 8 miles away
Town and Country RV Park, Palmer, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Susitna River:
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 45 miles away
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 49 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 15 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Susitna River:
Fishhook Golf Course, Palmer , 8 miles away
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Wasilla , 11 miles away
Settlers Bay Golf Club, Wasilla , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Susitna River
Finger Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 6 miles away
Baird Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 6 miles away
Echo Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 6 miles away

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