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Alaska whitewater, Nenana River

Denali county, Riley Creek to Twin Rocks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+     3 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Anchorage, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Denali Borough and the water flowing gracefully down Nenana River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river,
    but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is short so better bring some good walking shoes. The average Alaska whitewater
rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The Riley Creek to Twin Rocks stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. This section of Nenana River is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III+ section. Whitewater paddling here in the Alaska Range is a great experience.  
A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Nenana River you discover Iceworm Gulch which is a wonderful place to visit. Summertime highs at Nenana River regularly tend to be in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. During the winter highs are generally in the 0's, and winter nights come with lows in the-20's to Nenana River. Nenana River gets very little rain. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain; the driest month is April.

Nenana River, Riley Creek to Twin Rocks 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 III+ - 3 miles long (Riley Creek to Twin Rocks)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Twin Rocks to Healy)
Riley Creek, Denali Borough, 3 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (Tripple Lakes Trail to Nenana River)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 5 miles away
      Class III - 10.5 miles long (McKinley Village to Riley Creek)
Nenana River, Denali Borough, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Carlo Creek to McKinley Village)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nenana Raft Adventures, Denali Borough, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Savage River, Denali Borough, 28 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Denali Park Road Bridge to Stampede Road)
 Ski Areas Near Nenana River:
Moose Mountain, Alaska , 72 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 0 lifts, 36 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 86 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 , 5 miles away
Denali Park, Healy , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nenana River:
Lynx Creek Pizza, Denali National Park, 1 miles away
Healy KOA Kampground, Healy, 10 miles away
Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins, Healy, 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nenana River:
Black Diamond Golf, Healy , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Nenana River
Triple Lakes, Denali , 3 miles away

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