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Alaska whitewater, Portage River

Municipality of Anchorage county, Portage Lake to Turnagain Arm section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
  The natural beauty of Municipality of Anchorage Borough and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater paddling here in the Chugach Mountains is a great experience. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking
    or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The Portage Lake to Turnagain Arm stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river
system. If you're coming from Anchorage it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often more challenging than in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not  
easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Chugach National Forest are good to check out, and a cool spot to visit is Explorer Glacier. Now, you may feel that's lots but there's even more amusing things to do here in the Chugach Mountains. The skiing at Alyeska is good. Portage River sees pretty high levels of precipitation. Most of the rain falls through October while May is the month with the least amount of precipitation. For the period of the days of summer at Portage River highs are typically in the 60's while night lows are usually in the 40's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 20's, and night lows through the winter for Portage River tend to be in the 10's.

Portage River, Portage Lake to Turnagain Arm 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 Portage River.
 Whitewater Near Portage River:
Portage River, Municipality of Anchorage Borough, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 13 miles long (Portage Lake to Turnagain Arm)
Twentymile River, Anchorage Borough, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 20 miles long (Carmen Lake to Turnagain Arm)
Whitewater Outfitter - Borealis River Guides, Anchorage Borough, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Expeditions, Anchorage Borough, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Anchorage Whitewater, Anchorage Borough, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Adventure Guides, Anchorage Borough, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nellie Juan River, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 20 miles away
      Class V - 20 miles long (Nellie Juan Lake to Kings Bay)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Echo Bend to Rapids Camp)
Wolverine Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 28 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Upper River to Matanuska River)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 29 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Upper)
 Ski Areas Near Portage River:
Alyeska, Alaska , 15 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 54 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 59 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Portage River:
Whittier Harbor, Whittier , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Portage River:
The Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood , 14 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B&B, Palmer , 30 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B&B And Cottages, Palmer , 35 miles away
Midnight Sun Cabins, Moose Pass , 37 miles away
Trail Lake Lodge, Moose Pass , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Portage River:
Beaver Pond Campground, Anchorage County, 0 miles away
Portage Valley RV Park and Cabin Rentals, Portage, 2 miles away
Lower Paradise Lake Cabin - Chugach National Forest, Anchorage, 20 miles away
 Trails Near Portage River:
Crow Pass Trail, Anchorage , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Portage River:
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward - AK , 43 miles away
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 64 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 6 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 33 miles away

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