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Alaska whitewater, White River

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


CLASS II     55 miles
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

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Alaska you
might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The Wrangell Mountains scenery is wonderful. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Solo Creek airstrip to Alaska Highway Bridge section is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good spots for that around here.

White River, Solo Creek airstrip to Alaska Highway Bridge 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 White River.
 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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