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Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Solo Creek airstrip to Alaska Highway Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     55 miles
 
The White River is difficult to find information on. What I saw running it from Solo Creek to the Alcan Highway bridge in June of 2018 is a Class II river, but is more difficult in very small sections, like entering the first canyon.

This is my summary from the water level that I saw, which was low due to a cold spring and cool start to summer (we had snowfall several times during our trip).

The mention of hotels is laughable,
    there is no sign of human life in the region except for the guide camp at Solo Creek and the RV campground just south of the Alcan bridge at the take out. The take out should be correctly located at Lat: 61. 99 Lon: -140.
55.

Crossing of the international border needs to be carefully considered. Contact Canadian Customs remote entry by marine craft to understand the necessary steps.

The first canyon, which is downstream of the border, is narrow and powerful and has limited options for reconnoitering. There is a section before (maybe 2-3 miles) the first canyon where the river narrows but is not the canyon.

The second canyon, about ten
 
miles before the bridge, has a lot more water flowing through it due to the Generc River, and is broader with a low altitude loss so is easier to navigate. Says Alan Levinson (see picture)

Any ''nearby'' hotel or campground (or road) is a 50 mile flight away from the airstrip over the St. Elias Mountains in McCarthy. In bad weather, you likely can't get there at all, or only from Tok (well over a 100 mile flight). Also, depending on the year, a navigable channel of this braided and highly dynamic glacial river might be more than 2 miles from the airstrip. It's boatable and beautiful, but do your homework, especially if you're not familiar with braided glacial rivers, which can be a pain. Says Trey Simmons

The White River is NOT a Class II River, unless you have personally run it from the airstrip at Solo Creek to the Canadian Border I would strongly suggest that you do a little more research. There is a portion where all of the water pours into a very narrow canyon that be heard from quite a distance. I was raised in that area and it is an extremely dangerous and violent River, so do your research and do not rely on sites such as this, where people rely on aerial photos or other information. Says Sue Mock

White River, Solo Creek airstrip to Alaska Highway Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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 Whitewater Near White River:
White River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 23 miles away
      Class II - 55 miles long (Solo Creek airstrip to Alaska Highway Bridge)

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