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Alaska whitewater, Nenana River

Denali county, Twin Rocks to Healy section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     9.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Denali Borough and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Alaska you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. There are many good hotels to choose from, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping
    in your car. When you're paddling down a Alaska Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon.
This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The starting point is not too far from Anchorage, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Twin Rocks to Healy stretch  
of Nenana River in Alaska is 9.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Nenana River Gorge is a wonderful place to stop by close by. Through the warm days of summer highs here at Nenana River get into the 70's, and the overnight is somewhat chillier of course, generally in the 50's. High temperatures through the winter are normally in the 0's, and overnight lows in the-20's for Nenana River. Nenana River is regularly a quite dry place. Through July this area sees the most rain, and April is when it's the driest.

Nenana River, Twin Rocks to Healy 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 Nenana River.
 Whitewater Near Nenana River:
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Twin Rocks to Healy)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (Riley Creek to Twin Rocks)
Riley Creek, Denali Borough, 4 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (Tripple Lakes Trail to Nenana River)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 8 miles away
      Class III - 10.5 miles long (McKinley Village to Riley Creek)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Carlo Creek to McKinley Village)
Savage River, Denali Borough, 25 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Denali Park Road Bridge to Stampede Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nenana Raft Adventures, Denali Borough, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Nenana River:
Moose Mountain, Alaska , 73 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 0 lifts, 36 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 88 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 94 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 99 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Nenana River:
Denali Park, Healy , 7 miles away
McKinley Creekside Cabins, Denali National Park , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nenana River:
Lynx Creek Pizza, Denali National Park, 4 miles away
Healy KOA Kampground, Healy, 7 miles away
Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins, Healy, 7 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nenana River:
Black Diamond Golf, Healy , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Nenana River
Triple Lakes, Denali , 6 miles away

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