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Alaska whitewater, Talkeetna River

Matanuska-Susitna county, Stephan Lake to Susitna River at Talkeetna Village section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     54 miles
  The nature scenery of Alaska and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Stephan Lake to Susitna River at Talkeetna Village stretch of Talkeetna River in Alaska is 54 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Talkeetna River. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. There are no
    other sections to paddle along Talkeetna River than the Stephan Lake to Susitna River at Talkeetna Village section. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. There
arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so it looks like you will be camping out. The river  
winds through the Talkeetna Mountains and you get great scenery. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Anchorage, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
For the period of the months of summer, highs generally are in the 60's at Talkeetna River. During the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 10's while the cold winter nights at Talkeetna River are in the 0's. Talkeetna River is a good spot of normal rainfall. The month with most of the rain is August, and May is the month with the least moisture.

Talkeetna River, Stephan Lake to Susitna River at Talkeetna Village 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 Talkeetna River.
 Whitewater Near Talkeetna River:
Sheep Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 10 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (to Parks Highway)
Chulitna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 23 miles away
      Class II - 77 miles long (East Fork to Talkeetna)
Archangel Creek, -blank- Borough, 24 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Fairangel Creek Confluence to Little Su Confluence)
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 26 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.75 miles long (Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek)
Reeds Creek, -blank- Borough, 27 miles away
      Class V - 0.8 miles long (Good Hope Creek Confluence to Reed Lakes Trailhead)
Little Susitna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Mother Lode Cookhouse and Saloon to Shrock Road Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Talkeetna River:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 41 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 45 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 53 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Talkeetna River:
Alaska Adventure Unlimited Cha, Wasilla , 27 miles away
Alaskas Wasilla Bed And Breakf, Wasilla , 27 miles away
Pioneer Ridge Bed And Breakfas, Wasilla , 27 miles away
Best Western Lake Lucille Inn, Wasilla , 27 miles away
Alaskas Select Inn Wasilla, Wasilla , 27 miles away
 Public Lands Near Talkeetna River:
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 31 miles away
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 46 miles away
Denali State Park, Alaska , 33 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Talkeetna River
Rainbow Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 11 miles away

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