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Alaska whitewater, Nenana River

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


CLASS III     10.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Anchorage, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Nenana River in Denali Borough is 10.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The natural beauty of Denali Borough and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that
    around here. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. No need to look hard for
hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the McKinley Village to Riley Creek section is just one of many. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alaska is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many runs in this state are  
not easy. The Alaska Range scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
At Nenana River you donít see much rainfall. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain while April is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summer brings highs in the 60's to Nenana River with overnight lows in the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 10's; night lows during the wintertime for Nenana River tend to be in the-10's.

Nenana River, McKinley Village to Riley Creek 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, 2 miles away
      Class III - 10.5 miles long (McKinley Village to Riley Creek)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (Riley Creek to Twin Rocks)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Twin Rocks to Healy)
Riley Creek, Denali Borough, 4 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (Tripple Lakes Trail to Nenana River)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Carlo Creek to McKinley Village)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nenana Raft Adventures, Denali Borough, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Savage River, Denali Borough, 30 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Denali Park Road Bridge to Stampede Road)
 Ski Areas Near Nenana River:
Moose Mountain, Alaska , 71 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 0 lifts, 36 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 85 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 94 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 , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nenana River:
Lynx Creek Pizza, Denali National Park, 2 miles away
Cantwell RV Park, Cantwell, 9 miles away
Healy KOA Kampground, Healy, 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nenana River:
Black Diamond Golf, Healy , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Nenana River
Triple Lakes, Denali , 2 miles away

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