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Alaska whitewater, Sanford River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Upper gravel bar to Copper River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     35 miles
  The natural beauty of Alaska and the water flowing gracefully down Sanford River have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alaska is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into
    whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Upper gravel bar to Copper River section is one of them. A section
like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. The Upper gravel bar to Copper River stretch of Sanford River in Alaska is 35 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
It is very dried out here at Sanford River generally. The month with most of the
rain is July, and the driest of the months is April. High temperatures at Sanford River during the warmest time of the year are in the 60's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 40's. Highs throughout the winter are frequently in the 0's while Sanford River night low temperatures during the winter are in the-20's.

Sanford River, Upper gravel bar 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 Sanford River.
 Whitewater Near Sanford River:
Nadina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 18 miles long (Nadina Glacier to Copper River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outfitters, Valdez Cordova Borough, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chetaslina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 18 miles long (Chichokna River to Copper River)
Sanford River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 24 miles away
      Class II - 35 miles long (Upper gravel bar to Copper River)
Dadina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 30 miles long (Bush strip to Copper River)
 Hotels Near Sanford River:
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center , 12 miles away
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfas, Glennallen , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sanford River:
Klutina River Fishcamp Svc, Copper Center, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sanford River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 40 miles away

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