Hello, in a few wekks I will paddle Noatak or Alatna River, depending on water level and firsthand information from outfitter (I will rent a Alley canoe). I heard, the Alatna headwaters are difficult (no or much and fast water). We are there for hiking, fishing, wildlife. I think, I will prefer Noatak, starting from Pingo Lake. Others say, the Alatna is nicer, more animals to see, etc.
Is there one of you, knowing both (or one) these rivers? What do you prefer?