I solo paddled down the Nenana River from the Old Denali Hwy, to the bridge on the Parks Hwy North of Cantwell last week 8/7/16.
The book I got said that the river was class I the whole stretch of what I paddled, a local buddy told me there was a small section of class II. The river was really up and I was apprehensive since I had never floated this river at all.
I have an Old Town Pack.
Right before entering the Reindeer hills I got into two 100 yard stretches of 3 foot waves and maybe a little higher, I had to plow right through them.
It scared the crap out of me, not so much the waves alone, but not knowing what lay ahead, I knew if they got any higher I would likely swamp and loose my canoe and all my gear even though it was tied in the canoe. I was wearing a quality life jacket with ditch kit inside and a SPOT Locater.
Does anyone have knowledge of this stretch of river? I am curious, I do not know classes of rapids well, but do these 3+ foot waves qualify as Class III rapids? I realize there are a lot of factors in Rapids Classification.
I could not turn back, and my float plan was with a local law enforcement officer that dropped me off. If I did not arrive back at her house at 8:00pm and she still saw my car parked at the bridge, it would have set off quite a search and rescue for me.