Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Alaska

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

  • #1 Noatak River View Trail Details

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    Noatak, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  7- 21 days
    •  375 miles
    •  Guide

    One of Alaska's most popular arctic rivers, the Noatak offers an excellent wildemess expedition for intermediate boaters with good backcountry ...

  • #2 Chena River View Trail Details

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    Fairbanks, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  2-4 days
    •  70 miles
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    Beginning in low Mountains of eastern Alaska, the Chena is a subarctic clearwater river that flows westerly for 141 miles to its confluence with ...

  • #3 Alexander Creek View Trail Details

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    Anchorage, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  4-5 days
    •  41 miles
    •  Guide

    Alexander Creek is one of the most popular fishing and hunting rivers in Southcentral Alaska. From its source at Alexander Lake, Alexander Creek ...

  • #4 Ivishak River View Trail Details

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    Prudhoe Bay, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  5-7 days
    •  88 miles
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    From headwaters on the north side of the Arctic Divide in the Philip Smith Mountains of the Brooks Range, the Ivishak flows north 95 miles to ...

  • #5 Birch Creek View Trail Details

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    Fairbanks, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  7-10 days
    •  126 miles
    •  Guide

    A designated National Wild and Scenic River accessible by road at both the put-in and take-out, Birch Creek is an attractive float for people ...

  • #6 Talachulitna Creek and Talachulitna River View Trail Details

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    Skwentna, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    From headwaters flowing off Beluga Mountain, the Talachulitna River courses south then northerly for 64 miles to join the Skwentna River. Talachulitna ...

  • #7 Delta Clearwater River View Trail Details

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    Fairbanks, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  4-14 days
    •  28 miles
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    Rising from tributaries off Granite Mountain (Sawmill Creek; North Fork; Granite River), and upwellings in the Tanana Valley east of the Gerstle ...

  • #8 Killik River View Trail Details

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    Barrow, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  7-10 days
    •  105 miles
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    Rising amid the massive peaks of the Endicott Mountains in the central Brooks Range, the Killik River flows northward through an open, treeless, ...

  • #9 Ambler River View Trail Details

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    Ambler, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  7 days
    •  80 miles
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    Rising from the Schwatka Mountains of the Brooks Range at Nakmaktuak Pass, the Ambler River flows in a southwesterly direction for 80 miles to ...

  • #10 Black River View Trail Details

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    Chalkyitsik, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  10-16 days
    •  260 miles
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    From its origins on the Porrupine River Flats of the Yukon Territory, the Black River flows 255 miles through rolling and lowland forests of ...

  • #11 Aniakchak River View Trail Details

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    Bethel, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  3-7 days
    •  32 miles
    •  Guide

    For remote wilderness, solitude, wild weather, and wilder water, a float trip down the Aniakchak is very special. But don't attempt it unless ...

  • #12 Chulitna River View Trail Details

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    Anchorage, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  77 miles
    •  Guide

    The three forks of the Chulitna River have their origins in the southern slopes of the Alaska Range in the vicinity of Broad Pass. The East Fork ...

  • #13 Kobuk River View Trail Details

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    Kobuk, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  6-7 days
    •  125 miles
    •  Guide

    From headwaters on the southern slopes of the Arrigetch Peaks, the Kobuk's 347-mi1e course lies north of and just about parallel to the Arctic ...

  • #14 Talkeetna River View Trail Details

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    Talkeetna, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  3-5 days
    •  69 miles
    •  Guide

    Originating at the tenninus of Talkeetna Glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains, this swift, silt-laden river flows northwest, then southwest, for ...

  • #15 Willow Creek and Little Willow Creek View Trail Details

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    Anchorage, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  2-3 hours
    •  2.5 miles
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    Small clearwater tributaries of the Susitna River, Willow Creek, and little Willow Creek rise from the foothills of the southern Talkeetna Mountains, ...

  • #16 Nenana River View Trail Details

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    Cantwell, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  2-5 days
    •  126 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nenana River is interior Alaska's most popular whitewater river, with thousands of cruise ship visitors and private users on the river each ...

  • #17 American Creek View Trail Details

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    Bethel, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  4-10 days
    •  50 miles
    •  Guide

    For the highly skilled paddler, American Creek offers a brief, yet demanding whitewater float through an exceptionally pristine wilderness, as ...

  • #18 Knik River View Trail Details

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    Anchorage, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  4 hours
    •  15 miles
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    The Knik River offers a short float on a glacial river. This wide, V-shaped river basin originates in the northern Chugach Mountains. In the ...

  • #19 Colville River View Trail Details

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    Nuiqsut, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  19-20 days
    •  375 miles
    •  Guide

    The Colville is the largest river draining the Arctic Slope of the Brooks Range and is one of the most remote rivers in Alaska. It flows east ...

  • #20 Kanektok River View Trail Details

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    Quinhagak, AK

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  5-7 days
    •  85 miles
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    From its source at Kagati Lake (an Eskimo word meaning "the source") in the Ahkhrn Mountains in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Kanektok ...