There are a number of ways to experience Alaska's breathtaking backcountry, but few of them can rival the opportunity to paddle your way around the state. You'll hear king salmon thumping against the bottom of your boat, experience thrilling whitewater challenges, behold a dizzying array of wildlife on the banks, and enjoy unparalleled solitude.
The Gulkana River is arguably the best choice for paddling Alaska. It's especially ideal for summer and fall trips. Easy road access to put-in and take-out points makes it a convenient choice, and the fact that it consists of three different routes (some more challenging than others) makes it versatile.