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Alaska whitewater, Sheep River

Matanuska-Susitna county, Close to Glacier to Talkeetna River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V+)     50 miles
Could anyone there furnish the complete length of the Sheep River? Thank you. Says Larry L. Miller

This stretch of Sheep River in Alaska is 50 miles long and it is classified as a class IV(V+) section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The starting location is a
    short drive from Anchorage, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers. 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. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. Whitewater paddling here in the Talkeetna Mountains is a great experience. The nature scenery of Alaska and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip  
here worthwhile. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. The Close to Glacier to Talkeetna River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The campgrounds here at Sheep River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
From a rainfall point of view Sheep River is a pretty common location. August is the wettest month with most rain; the driest month of the year is May. Summertime at Sheep River arrives with high temperatures in the 60's while nighttime lows are generally in the 40's.

Sheep River, Close to Glacier to Talkeetna 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 Sheep River.
 Whitewater Near Sheep River:
Archangel Creek, -blank- Borough, 13 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Fairangel Creek Confluence to Little Su Confluence)
Sheep Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 15 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (to Parks Highway)
Reeds Creek, -blank- Borough, 15 miles away
      Class V - 0.8 miles long (Good Hope Creek Confluence to Reed Lakes Trailhead)
Little Susitna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge)
Little Susitna River, -blank- Borough, 19 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (Upper)
Moose Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 23 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Buffalo Mine Road to Glenn Highway)
 Ski Areas Near Sheep River:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 41 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 42 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 47 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Sheep River:
Alaskas Select Inn Wasilla, Wasilla , 21 miles away
Agate Inn, Wasilla , 21 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B B And Cot, Palmer , 21 miles away
Grand View Inn And Suites, Wasilla , 21 miles away
Alaska Adventure Unlimited Cha, Wasilla , 23 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sheep River:
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 42 miles away
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 49 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sheep River:
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Wasilla , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Sheep River
Rainbow Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 4 miles away
Finger Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 20 miles away

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