Nenana River Rafting
The Nenana River is the Alaska Interior's most regularly paddled river, with over 30,000 commercial raft customers a summer as well as over 2,000 private canoe, kayak, raft and ducky trips a year. Yet, as with most Alaskan recreation, there is enough space for everyone, and the Nenana is decidedly not the Ocoee of the north.Â Even on the busiest summer weekends one is often unlikely to lap another private group, and because of the size of the riverbed, the commercial traffic is seldom a problem.
Since much of the commercial traffic is controlled by the tour bus scheduling, raft trips are spread over the day from eight am until seven in the evening, leaving the day's prime time to private boats. Except for the jet-boat traffic on the Denali Highway section, it is still very much a wilderness paddle, with the chance of spotting grizzlies, moose, Dall sheep, and caribou on the riverbank.
This river is a tributary of the Tanana River, approximately 150 mi (241 km) long, in central Alaska in the United States. It drains an area on the north slope of the Alaska Range on the south edge of the Tanana Valley southwest of Fairbanks.