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Alaska whitewater, Tonsina River

Near Copper Center county, Tonsina Glacier to Tonsina Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     41 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Alaska are often more challenging than in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated
    and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that.
Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. The Tonsina Glacier to Tonsina Lake stretch of Tonsina River in Alaska is 41 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V+ section of whitewater. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The nature scenery of Alaska and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The river winds  
through the Chugach Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
It is very dried up here at Tonsina River frequently. July is when you get the most rain here, and April is the month with the least moisture. For the duration of the days of summer, highs usually are in the 70's at Tonsina River while nighttime lows are usually in the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 0's while Tonsina River nighttime low temperatures during the winter are in the-20's.

Tonsina River, Tonsina Glacier to Tonsina Lake 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 Tonsina River.
 Whitewater Near Tonsina River:
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 41 miles long (Tonsina Glacier to Tonsina Lake)
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 8 miles away
      Class V - 7.2 miles long (Tsina Roadhouse on Richardson Highway to Richardson Highway below Tsina Canyon)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 11 miles away
      Class V - 7.5 miles long (Heiden Canyon)
Klutina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 14 miles away
      Class III - 28 miles long (Klutina Lake to Richardson Highway Bridge at Copper Center)
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 17 miles away
      Class III+ - 12 miles long (Tsina Glacier to Tsina Lodge on Richardson Highway)
Wortmann's Creek, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Upper River to Lowe River)
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 1.5 miles long (Richardson Highway to above Stuart Creek)
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Stuart Creek at Richardson Highway to Copper River)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 22 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Keystone Canyon)
Tasnuna River, Valdez-Cordova Borough, 24 miles away
      Class II+ - 23 miles long (Upper gravel bar to Copper river)
 Hotels Near Tonsina River:
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfas, Glennallen , 23 miles away
 Trails Near Tonsina River:
Klutina Lake Trail, Valdez-Cordova , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tonsina River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 21 miles away

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