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Alaska whitewater, Tonsina River

Near Copper Center county, Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     7 miles
  The average Alaska whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina stretch of Tonsina River in Near Copper Center Borough is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Near Copper Center Borough and the sparkling of the sunlight on the
    water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. 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 campgrounds here at Tonsina River are pretty
good. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other spots. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina stretch is one of them.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Tonsina River is pretty dehydrated mostly. The month with most of the rain is July while April is generally the driest month. Throughout the summertime months here at Tonsina River, high temperatures regularly reach the 60's with overnight lows in the 40's. All through the wintertime the highs are commonly in the 0's while the cold winter nights at Tonsina River are in the-20's.

Tonsina River, Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina 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 Tonsina River.
 Whitewater Near Tonsina River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outfitters, Valdez Cordova Borough, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nadina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 18 miles long (Nadina Glacier to Copper River)
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 16 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Richardson Highway to right above Canyon)
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina)
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 28 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Stuart Creek at Richardson Highway to Copper River)
Chetaslina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 29 miles away
      Class V+ - 18 miles long (Chichokna River to Copper River)
 Hotels Near Tonsina River:
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center , 9 miles away
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfast, Tazlina , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tonsina River:
Klutina River Fishcamp Svc, Copper Center, 3 miles away
Kenny Lake Mercantile and RV Park, Copper Center, 11 miles away
Squirrel Creek Campground, Valdez-Cordova County, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tonsina River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 33 miles away

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