Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Alaska

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Alaska. Use this list to plan your next Alaska flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Nancy Lake Canoe Trails

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    Houston, AK

    Take a picnic lunch to a blue-green alpine lake at the base of precipitous peaks and spires. The short walk is just right for families with children, but don’t overlook this easy hike to Dogsled ...
    •  7 hours - 2 days
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Take a picnic lunch to a blue-green alpine lake at the base of precipitous peaks and spires. The short walk is just right ...

  • #2 Little Susitna River

    1 Reviews

    Wasilla, AK

    Because of easy road access and closeness to Anchorage and Palmer-Wasilla, the Little Susitna (Susitna means "sandy river" in Dena'ina) is one of Southcentral Alaska's most popular fishing streams. ...
    •  4-5 days
    •  84 miles
    •  Guide

    Because of easy road access and closeness to Anchorage and Palmer-Wasilla, the Little Susitna (Susitna means "sandy river" ...

  • #3 Swan Lake and Swanson River Canoe Routes

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    Sterling, AK

    A long chain of lakes, streams, and rivers in the wooded northwestern Kenai Peninsula offers outstanding canoeing. Take a day or a week—many route variations are possible. More time means more ...
    •  2 days - 1 week
    •  60 miles
    •  Guide

    A long chain of lakes, streams, and rivers in the wooded northwestern Kenai Peninsula offers outstanding canoeing. Take a ...

  • #4 Swanson River Canoe System

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    Sterling, AK

    Rising in wetlands on the northern Kenai Peninsula, the gentle, slow-moving Swanson River links a 60-mile system of small lakes and rivers connected by portages ranging from a few hundred feet ...
    •  5-9 days
    •  60 miles
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    Rising in wetlands on the northern Kenai Peninsula, the gentle, slow-moving Swanson River links a 60-mile system of small ...

  • #5 Kroto Creek, Moose Creek, and Deshka River

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    Anchorage, AK

    Beginning at Kroto Lake, Kroto Creek flows south through forested hills, flats, and wetlands to meet Moose Creek, forming the Deshka River. Kroto Creek meanders and twists freely across the Susitna ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning at Kroto Lake, Kroto Creek flows south through forested hills, flats, and wetlands to meet Moose Creek, forming ...

  • #6 Situk River

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    Yakutat, AK

    Beginning in Situk Lake, the Situk River flows southwesterly for 19 miles, ending in the Gulf of Alaska. Legendary for its spring and fall steelhead trout runs, the river also supports a summer-long ...
    •  2 days
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning in Situk Lake, the Situk River flows southwesterly for 19 miles, ending in the Gulf of Alaska. Legendary for its ...

  • #7 Beaver Creek

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    Fairbanks, AK

    Beaver Creek offers an excellent family or novice float and is one of the few road-accessible streams in Alaska designated as a Wild and Scenic River. Originating at the confluence of Bear ...
    •  7-21 days
    •  399 miles
    •  Guide

    Beaver Creek offers an excellent family or novice float and is one of the few road-accessible streams in Alaska designated ...

  • #8 Tyone River

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    Anchorage, AK

    The Tyone River makes a nice trip for families or novice paddlers who are experienced wilderness travelers. Rising in the vast lake-studded region southeast of the Susitna River, the Tyone River ...
    •  5 days
    •  48 miles
    •  Guide

    The Tyone River makes a nice trip for families or novice paddlers who are experienced wilderness travelers. Rising in the ...

  • #9 Middle Fork Koyukuk River

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    Bettles, AK

    The Middle Fork Koyukuk offers an interesting journey through historic gold mining country on a river that is accessible by road. The trip is suitable for families well-practiced in wilderness ...
    •  5 days
    •  80 miles
    •  Guide

    The Middle Fork Koyukuk offers an interesting journey through historic gold mining country on a river that is accessible ...

  • #10 Kantishna River and Moose Creek

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    Bethel, AK

    The Kantislma, a good family wilderness float on anonteclmical, meandering Interior river, begins in the foothills of Mount McKinley and heads northerly for more than 200 miles to its confluence ...
    •  10 days
    •  220 miles
    •  Guide

    The Kantislma, a good family wilderness float on anonteclmical, meandering Interior river, begins in the foothills of Mount ...

  • #11 Anvik River

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    Anvik, AK

    The Anvik is a little-known river outside of well-informed sport fishing circles, yet it is one of the most productive tributaries of the Yukon watershed. With few visitors and just a single ...
    •  7 days
    •  121 miles
    •  Guide

    The Anvik is a little-known river outside of well-informed sport fishing circles, yet it is one of the most productive tributaries ...

  • #12 Squirrel River

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    Kiana, AK

    The Squirrel is a readily accessible arctic river traversing varied scenery, with outstanding hiking. This is a good family trip for experienced wilderness travelers. Originating in the Baird ...
    •  5-7 days
    •  85 miles
    •  Guide

    The Squirrel is a readily accessible arctic river traversing varied scenery, with outstanding hiking. This is a good family ...

  • #13 Goodnews River

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    Goodnews Bay, AK

    The Goodnews is an easy river with beautiful scenery and wonderful fishing. Short, and crystal-dear, it produces all five species of salmon as well as arctic grayling, rainbow trout, and Dolly ...
    •  5 days
    •  60 miles
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    The Goodnews is an easy river with beautiful scenery and wonderful fishing. Short, and crystal-dear, it produces all five ...

  • #14 Unalakleet River

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    Unalakleet, AK

    Beginning in the Kaltag Mountains, the Unalakleet River flows 90 miles in a southwesterly direction to Norton Sound, just south of the village of Unalakleet. A clear, quiet, braided river, the ...
    •  6 days
    •  65 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning in the Kaltag Mountains, the Unalakleet River flows 90 miles in a southwesterly direction to Norton Sound, just ...

  • #15 Togiak River

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    Togiak, AK

    This is an easy trip on an outstanding river in western Alaska, with exceptional wilderness scenery in its upper reaches. From Upper Togiak Lake, the river flows from the southern foothills of ...
    •  5-6 days
    •  82 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easy trip on an outstanding river in western Alaska, with exceptional wilderness scenery in its upper reaches. ...

  • #16 Chatanika River

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    Fairbanks, AK

    The Chatanika is a great river for a one-day family outing or a five-to seven-day trip. With headwaters in the rolling hills north of Fairbanks, the Chatanika River flows westsouthwest 128 miles ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  128 miles
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    The Chatanika is a great river for a one-day family outing or a five-to seven-day trip. With headwaters in the rolling hills ...

  • #17 Porcupine River

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    Old Crow, AK

    The Porrupine offers an excellent novice river trip for those experienced in remote wilderness travel and is an ideal river for a family expedition. One of the largest tributaries of the Yukon ...
    •  10-14 days
    •  292 miles
    •  Guide

    The Porrupine offers an excellent novice river trip for those experienced in remote wilderness travel and is an ideal river ...

  • #18 Chilkat River

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    Haines, AK

    The Chilkat River offers a delightful, swift float through the Chilkat Valley. Glacial in origin, the Chilkat runs silty for much of the year except January through April, when its clear waters ...
    •  1 day
    •  20 miles
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    The Chilkat River offers a delightful, swift float through the Chilkat Valley. Glacial in origin, the Chilkat runs silty ...

  • #19 Nushagak River

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    Dillingham, AK

    With headwaters rising in the Nushagak Hills, the Nushagak flows southwest 275 miles to Nushagak Bay, picking up tributaries, large and small, along the way. One of Alaska's largest and most ...
    •  10-14 days
    •  275 miles
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    With headwaters rising in the Nushagak Hills, the Nushagak flows southwest 275 miles to Nushagak Bay, picking up tributaries, ...

  • #20 Nowitna River

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    Galena, AK

    Rising in the Kuskokwim Mountains, the Nowitna River flows northward for nearly 300 miles and enters the Yukon River about 45 miles northeast of Ruby. A medium-size, meandering, nonglacial stream, ...
    •  12-16 days
    •  290 miles
    •  Guide

    Rising in the Kuskokwim Mountains, the Nowitna River flows northward for nearly 300 miles and enters the Yukon River about ...