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Alaska whitewater, Gakona River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Gakona Glacier to Copper River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     92 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The beautiful scenery of Alaska and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. A stretch of this
    length does require some preparations, so it looks like you will be camping out. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and a chance to
spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The river winds through the Alaska Range and you get great scenery. This stretch of Gakona River is 92 miles long and it is classified as a class III section by American Whitewater. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Gakona Glacier to Copper River section is one of them. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the
general area:
Not much precipitation falls here at Gakona River. Most of the rain falls throughout July while April is the month with the least amount of precipitation. High temperatures at Gakona River all through the days of summer are in the 60's. Summer night lows fall down to the 40's. The winter brings highs down to the 0's; nighttime lows at Gakona River through the winter regularly fall into the-20's.

Gakona River, Gakona Glacier to Copper 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 Gakona River.
 Whitewater Near Gakona River:
Gakona River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 14 miles away
      Class III - 92 miles long (Gakona Glacier to Copper River)
Gulkana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 81 miles long (Paxson Lake to Sourdough Campground)
Copper River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II - 77 miles long (Gulkana River to Chitina River)
Gulkana River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 20 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Summit Lake to Paxson Lake)
 Hotels Near Gakona River:
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfas, Glennallen , 24 miles away
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gakona River:
Paxson Inn and Lodge, Paxson, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gakona River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 27 miles away

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