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Alaska whitewater, Nenana River

Denali county, Carlo Creek to McKinley Village section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     8 miles
You can NOT gain river access from Carlo Creek Lodge. Most of Carlo Creek is surrounded by private property. Says Carlo Creek Lodge

This section of Nenana River in Alaska is 8 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Denali Borough scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This river system is full of great paddling
    sections, the Carlo Creek to McKinley Village section is just one of them. There's camping available near Nenana River. If you're coming from Anchorage it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar
with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The river winds through the Alaska Range and you get great scenery. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. Since you're on this  
site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Nenana River is a location that is rather arid typically. Most of the rain falls during July; the driest month of the year is April. All through the warm days of summer at Nenana River temperatures are commonly in the 60's while overnight lows are typically in the 40's.

Nenana River, Carlo Creek to McKinley Village 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 Nenana River.
 Whitewater Near Nenana River:
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Carlo Creek to McKinley Village)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 1 miles away
      Class III - 10.5 miles long (McKinley Village to Riley Creek)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 5 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (Riley Creek to Twin Rocks)
Riley Creek, Denali Borough, 6 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (Tripple Lakes Trail to Nenana River)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Twin Rocks to Healy)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nenana Raft Adventures, Denali Borough, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Nenana River:
Moose Mountain, Alaska , 71 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 0 lifts, 36 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 84 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 93 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 99 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Nenana River:
McKinley Creekside Cabins, Denali National Park , 2 miles away
Denali Park, Healy , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nenana River:
Lynx Creek Pizza, Denali National Park, 5 miles away
Cantwell RV Park, Cantwell, 8 miles away
Healy KOA Kampground, Healy, 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nenana River:
Black Diamond Golf, Healy , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Nenana River
Triple Lakes, Denali , 3 miles away

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