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Alaska whitewater, Coal Creek

Matanuska-Susitna county, Glacier to Matanuska River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     11.8 miles
  The Glacier to Matanuska River section of Coal Creek in Alaska is 11.8 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The wild scenery of the Talkeetna Mountains is great. There are a few other sections in this river system that can
    be paddled as well. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The natural beauty of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the beautiful way the water
current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting your paddling muscles activated  
and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Chickaloon Knik Nelchina Trail is delightful fun, and if you're going to from Sutton, you won't be the only one. So many amusing things to do here in the Talkeetna Mountains, too splendid to be true. Coal Creek is right by the Chickaloon River Trail. Coal Creek is a location that is reasonably arid typically. September is when you get the most rain here, and March is the month with the least moisture. For the duration of the days of summer, highs mostly are in the 60's at Coal Creek, and during the night it cools down to the 40's.

Coal Creek, Glacier to Matanuska 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 Coal Creek.
 Whitewater Near Coal Creek:
Coal Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 11.8 miles long (Glacier to Matanuska River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Raft Rentals, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chickaloon River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 14 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 33 miles long (30 Mile Airstrip to Matanuska)
Whitewater Outfitter - Matanuska Madwater Rafting Company, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Riverrunners, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gravel Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 24 miles away
      Class IV+ - 11.5 miles long (Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River)
Kings River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 25 miles away
      Class V+ - 20 miles long (Upper Kings to Glenn Highway)
 Ski Areas Near Coal Creek:
Alyeska, Alaska , 60 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 94 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
 Trails Near Coal Creek:
Chickaloon River Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 7 miles away
Chickaloon Knik Nelchina Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 9 miles away

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