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Alaska whitewater, Mendenhall River

Juneau county, Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     4 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Juneau, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive stretch of Mendenhall River in Alaska is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. A good workout and just being out on the river for
    a while are great attractions for lots of people. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those
in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive section is one of them. The natural beauty of Juneau Borough and the water flowing gracefully down Mendenhall River beats anything. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but if  
you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
There's nice hiking along the Spaulding Trail, and a good place is Mendenhall Valley. Good hiking is available along the West Glacier Trail; at Mendenhall River you always meet someone from Juneau. This is a great river. A visit to close by Hut Point is very relaxing; why not head up to Eaglecrest and strap some skis to your feet. A day at scenic Young Beach close to Mendenhall River is a glorious thing to do. Throughout the months of summer at Mendenhall River temperatures are generally in the 60's while nighttime lows are generally in the 40's.

Mendenhall River, Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive 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 Mendenhall River.
 Whitewater Near Mendenhall River:
Mendenhall River, Juneau Borough, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive)
Montana Creek, City & Borough of Juneau Borough, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4 miles long (MCamp Grounduinness Creek to Mendenhall River)
Lemon Creek, Juneau Borough, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Upper Quarry to Costco)
Eagle River, Juneau Borough, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Lake to Veterans Memorial Highway)
Gold Creek, City & Borough of Juneau Borough, 15 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Basin Road Bridge into Cope Park)
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 26 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 26 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
 Ski Areas Near Mendenhall River:
Eaglecrest, Alaska , 6 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 31 runs
 Marinas Near Mendenhall River:
Fisherman's Bend, Juneau , 4 miles away
Donohue's Marina, Juneau , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Mendenhall River:
Young Beach, Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon , 7 miles away
Ready Bullion Beach, Juneau , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Mendenhall River:
Frontier Suites Airport Hotel, Juneau , 0 miles away
BEST WESTERN Grandma's Feather Bed, Juneau , 0 miles away
BEST WESTERN Country Lane Inn, Juneau , 1 miles away
Pearsons Pond Inn And Spa, Juneau , 1 miles away
Super 8 Juneau, Juneau , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mendenhall River:
Spruce Meadow Recreational Vehicle Park, Juneau, 1 miles away
Auke Bay RV Park, Auke Bay, 5 miles away
Admiralty Cove - Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Mendenhall River:
West Glacier Trail, Juneau , 2 miles away
Spaulding Trail, Juneau , 5 miles away
Nugget Creek Trail, Juneau , 6 miles away
Montana Creek Trail, Juneau , 8 miles away
Lemon Creek Trail, Juneau , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mendenhall River:
Mendenhall Golf, Juneau , 1 miles away
 Lakes Near Mendenhall River
Cropley Lake, Juneau , 6 miles away

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