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 for jetboat traffic on the Denali Highway section. World-class whitewater, a variety of paddling experiences, road accessibility, and proximity to Alaska's urban centers combine to draw paddlers to the Nenana.
Beginning on Nenana Glacier at an elevation of 3,200 feet in the vicinity of Broad Pass in the Alaska Range, the Nenana River flows north 140 miles to empty into the Tanana River. Draining about 3,920 square miles, the river is swift and cold. Braided in some sections, especially the lower 30 miles, it cuts through incised canyons where turbulent and dangerous whitewater thrill the experienced paddler.
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