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Alaska whitewater, Sanctuary River

Denali county, Denali Road to Teklanika River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     7.2 miles
  This section of Sanctuary River is 7.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. The wonderful Alaska scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. A bit of exercise 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. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night,
but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There's camping available near Sanctuary River. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good spots for that around here. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The put-in is not too far from Anchorage, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch has has  
enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
All through the summer months highs here at Sanctuary River get into the 70's. Summer night lows descend down to the 50's. For the duration of the winter this place gets highs in the 0's; night lows at Sanctuary River all through the winter usually dip into the-20's. Sanctuary River is regularly a reasonably dry spot. July is when you get the most rain here; April meanwhile is the driest month.

Sanctuary River, Denali Road to Teklanika 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 Sanctuary River.
 Whitewater Near Sanctuary River:
Sanctuary River, Denali Borough, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.2 miles long (Denali Road to Teklanika River)
Teklanika River, Denali Borough, 7 miles away
      Class V - 19.6 miles long (Teklanika Campground to Stampede Road)
Savage River, Denali Borough, 14 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Denali Park Road Bridge to Stampede Road)
Chulitna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 20 miles away
      Class II - 77 miles long (East Fork to Talkeetna)
 Ski Areas Near Sanctuary River:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 78 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 82 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 90 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Sanctuary River:
Denali Chalets, Denali National Park , 16 miles away
Denali Park, Healy , 33 miles away
Denali Princess Wilderness Lod, Denali National Park , 44 miles away
McKinley Creekside Cabins, Denali National Park , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sanctuary River:
Sanctuary River Campground, Denali County, 2 miles away
Teklanika Campground, Denali County, 6 miles away
Igloo Creek Campground, Denali County, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sanctuary River:
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 56 miles away

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