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Alaska whitewater, Tiekel River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Stuart Creek at Richardson Highway to Copper River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     16 miles
There is a 60ft+ waterfall three miles from the Copper. You are bunched in a canyon so you better google earth this or you won't make it. Says Thomas Kennedy

This section of Tiekel River is 16 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping
    in your car. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. The wild scenery of the Chugach Mountains is great. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled
as well. Getting a good workout 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, this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. For all you camping  
people there are campgrounds nearby. The scenic beauty of Alaska and the water flowing gracefully down Tiekel River will make you feel great.

Briefly about the general area:
High temperatures at Tiekel River all through the days of summer are in the 60's. During the moonlight hours it's typically in the 40's. Highs through the winter are frequently in the 0's; nighttime lows at Tiekel River during the winter frequently dip into the-20's. Tiekel River gets very little rainfall. All through July this area sees the most rain, and the driest of the months is April.

Tiekel River, Stuart Creek at Richardson Highway to Copper River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Tiekel River.
 Whitewater Near Tiekel River:
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 8 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Richardson Highway to right above Canyon)
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Stuart Creek at Richardson Highway to Copper River)
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina)
Tasnuna River, Valdez-Cordova Borough, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 23 miles long (Upper gravel bar to Copper river)
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 17 miles away
      Class III+ - 1.5 miles long (Richardson Highway to above Stuart Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outfitters, Valdez Cordova Borough, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Hotels Near Tiekel River:
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center , 26 miles away
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfas, Glennallen , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tiekel River:
Squirrel Creek Campground, Valdez-Cordova County, 16 miles away
Kenny Lake Mercantile and RV Park, Copper Center, 19 miles away
Klutina River Fishcamp Svc, Copper Center, 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tiekel River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 31 miles away

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