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

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    Noatak, AK

    One of Alaska's most popular arctic rivers, the Noatak offers an excellent wildemess expedition for intermediate boaters with good backcountry skills. Entirely above the Arctic Circle, the Noatak ...
    •  7- 21 days
    •  375 miles
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    One of Alaska's most popular arctic rivers, the Noatak offers an excellent wildemess expedition for intermediate boaters ...

  • #2 Chena River

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    Fairbanks, AK

    Beginning in low Mountains of eastern Alaska, the Chena is a subarctic clearwater river that flows westerly for 141 miles to its confluence with the Tanana River near Fairbanks. Draining about ...
    •  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 ...

  • #3 Talachulitna Creek and Talachulitna River

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    Skwentna, AK

    From headwaters flowing off Beluga Mountain, the Talachulitna River courses south then northerly for 64 miles to join the Skwentna River. Talachulitna Creek, a major tributary, begins northwest ...
    •  18 miles
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    From headwaters flowing off Beluga Mountain, the Talachulitna River courses south then northerly for 64 miles to join the ...

  • #4 Black River

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    Chalkyitsik, AK

    From its origins on the Porrupine River Flats of the Yukon Territory, the Black River flows 255 miles through rolling and lowland forests of spruce, hardwoods, and willow, joining the Porrupine ...
    •  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 ...

  • #5 Willow Creek and Little Willow Creek

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    Anchorage, AK

    Small clearwater tributaries of the Susitna River, Willow Creek, and little Willow Creek rise from the foothills of the southern Talkeetna Mountains, and flow out to meet the lower Susitna River ...
    •  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 ...

  • #6 Alexander Creek

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    Anchorage, AK

    Alexander Creek is one of the most popular fishing and hunting rivers in Southcentral Alaska. From its source at Alexander Lake, Alexander Creek flows southeast about 40 miles to meet the Susitna ...
    •  4-5 days
    •  41 miles
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    Alexander Creek is one of the most popular fishing and hunting rivers in Southcentral Alaska. From its source at Alexander ...

  • #7 Ivishak River

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    Prudhoe Bay, AK

    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 its confluence with the Sagavanirktok River. A large ...
    •  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 ...

  • #8 Delta Clearwater River

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    Fairbanks, AK

    Rising from tributaries off Granite Mountain (Sawmill Creek; North Fork; Granite River), and upwellings in the Tanana Valley east of the Gerstle River, the Delta Clearwater is the largest spring-fed ...
    •  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 ...

  • #9 Birch Creek

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    Fairbanks, AK

    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 who would like a wild-river experience without the ...
    •  7-10 days
    •  126 miles
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    A designated National Wild and Scenic River accessible by road at both the put-in and take-out, Birch Creek is an attractive ...

  • #10 Killik River

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    Barrow, AK

    Rising amid the massive peaks of the Endicott Mountains in the central Brooks Range, the Killik River flows northward through an open, treeless, glaciated valley for 135 miles, where it joins ...
    •  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 ...

  • #11 Ambler River

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    Ambler, AK

    Rising from the Schwatka Mountains of the Brooks Range at Nakmaktuak Pass, the Ambler River flows in a southwesterly direction for 80 miles to its confluence with the Kobuk River. Small and clear, ...
    •  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 ...

  • #12 Kobuk River

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    Kobuk, AK

    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 Circle. This normally clearwater stream begins swiftly, ...
    •  6-7 days
    •  125 miles
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    From headwaters on the southern slopes of the Arrigetch Peaks, the Kobuk's 347-mi1e course lies north of and just about parallel ...

  • #13 Aniakchak River

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    Bethel, AK

    For remote wilderness, solitude, wild weather, and wilder water, a float trip down the Aniakchak is very special. But don't attempt it unless you are an expert paddler, extremely self-reliant ...
    •  3-7 days
    •  32 miles
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    For remote wilderness, solitude, wild weather, and wilder water, a float trip down the Aniakchak is very special. But don't ...

  • #14 Chulitna River

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    Anchorage, AK

    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 Chulitna River begins as a small clearwater stream ...
    •  77 miles
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    The three forks of the Chulitna River have their origins in the southern slopes of the Alaska Range in the vicinity of Broad ...

  • #15 North Fork Koyukuk River

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    Bettles, AK

    The North Fork offers an excellent family float for experienced wilderness travelers. From its headwaters on the Continental Divide in the Endicott Mountains, the North Fork flows south for 102 ...
    •  6 days
    •  82 miles
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    The North Fork offers an excellent family float for experienced wilderness travelers. From its headwaters on the Continental ...

  • #16 Portage Creek

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    Whittier, AK

    Portage Creek offers a short, swift paddle from Portage Lake to the Seward Highway through forest and past steep Mountains with hanging glaciers-a pleasant day trip from Anchorage when the weather ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  6 miles
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    Portage Creek offers a short, swift paddle from Portage Lake to the Seward Highway through forest and past steep Mountains ...

  • #17 Talkeetna River

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    Talkeetna, AK

    Originating at the tenninus of Talkeetna Glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains, this swift, silt-laden river flows northwest, then southwest, for more than 90 miles to its confluence with the Susitna ...
    •  3-5 days
    •  69 miles
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    Originating at the tenninus of Talkeetna Glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains, this swift, silt-laden river flows northwest, ...

  • #18 Colville River

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    Nuiqsut, AK

    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 out of the western end of the Brooks Range, then ...
    •  19-20 days
    •  375 miles
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    The Colville is the largest river draining the Arctic Slope of the Brooks Range and is one of the most remote rivers in Alaska. ...

  • #19 Nenana River

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    Cantwell, AK

    The Nenana River is interior Alaska's most popular whitewater river, with thousands of cruise ship visitors and private users on the river each season, yet it remains largely a wild river, except ...
    •  2-5 days
    •  126 miles
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    The Nenana River is interior Alaska's most popular whitewater river, with thousands of cruise ship visitors and private users ...

  • #20 Kanektok River

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    Quinhagak, AK

    From its source at Kagati Lake (an Eskimo word meaning "the source") in the Ahkhrn Mountains in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Kanektok River flows westerly for 85 miles to Kuskokwim Bay ...
    •  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 ...