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River Canoeing

Our most advanced course moves to faster flowing waters, but it is not a whitewater paddling course. You will learn strategies in river running, group communication and group organization on a river, while honing skills and maneuvers from prior courses. The course emphasizes safety and you will practice rescues. Many of the rivers in Interior Alaska require good river running skills and sound judgment, but not advanced whitewater skills. This course will prepare you for them.  More information is available here. To participate in this course you must have taken Essentials of River Canoeing with us or have instructor permission.  Contact us prior to registering to verify this is the course for you.

Class Size: Minimum 4 participants and maximum 10 participants

Date: June 4, 2023

Note: Venues subject to change based on current water conditions.

The event is finished.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

1:00PM - 7:00PM
Tanana Lakes

Day 2

9:00AM - 5:00PM
Chena River in Town

Day 3

9:00PM - 5:00PM
Upper Chena River


Jun 04 2023




Chena River State Recreation Area


Tracie Pendergrast
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Tracie and Don Pendergrast
Alaska Canoe School
Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-479-2964 (h)
907-750-4902 (cT)
907-371-4868 (cD)
Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.Henry David Thoreau
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Muskrat, "Wind in the Willows"
There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe.Bill Mason
There are many ways to salvation, and one of them is to follow a river. David Brower, Foreword to "Oregon Rivers"
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.Loren Eiseley, "Four Quartets"