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Alaska whitewater, Chakina River

Valdez-Cordova (CA) county, Gravel bar to Chitina River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     20 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Alaska you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area
    with plenty of rivers for that. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Gravel bar to Chitina River section of Chakina River in Alaska is 20 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater
according to American Whitewater. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Gravel bar to Chitina River section is one of them. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too.

Briefly about the general area:
High temperatures
at Chakina River all through the warmest time of the year are in the 60's with night lows in the 40's. High temperatures through the winter are normally in the 0's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Chakina River drop into the-20's. Chakina River is pretty arid ordinarily. Throughout the month of July you get the most rain around here; April meanwhile is the driest month.

Chakina River, Gravel bar to Chitina 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 Chakina River.
 Whitewater Near Chakina River:
Chakina River, Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough, 5 miles away
      Class V - 20 miles long (Gravel bar to Chitina River)
Nizina River, Wrangell-St. Elias Natl. Park Borough, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Kennicott River to Chitna River)
Chitina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 11 miles away
      Class II - 55 miles long (Nizina River to Chitina)
Kennicott River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 4.8 miles long (McCarthy Road to Nizina River)
Lakina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 18 miles away
      Class III+ - 11.25 miles long (McCarthy Road Bridge to Chitina River)
Lakina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 17 miles long (Mill Creek to McCarthy Road Bridge)
McCarthy Creek, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 24 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 19 miles long (Close to Bonanza Ridge to McCarthy)
Tana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 36 miles long (Gravel Bar to Chitina River)
 Campgrounds Near Chakina River:
Glacier View Campground, Anchorage, 9 miles away

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