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The Alaska Packraft Guidebook


The Alaska Packraft Guidebook: Premier Rivers & Creeks in the 49th State covers over 70 of the best class I-IV whitewater packraft runs within 1-3 days of length throughout the state.  This comprehensive guide includes color maps, photos & detailed content to help plan the ideal trip- whether it’s a road accessible day trip, casual hike or multi-day approach to a new river.

Having over 15 years of Alaska river experience as a whitewater kayaker, packrafter & commercial raft guide, the author carefully considered integral details such as water levels, hike approach, best time of year and all around “worth doing” in regards specifically for paddlers using  packrafts.  (although other crafts; hardshell canoes/kayaks/large rafts may find some information applicable & of use)

This guidebook includes 9 separate regions, from the Northern Denali area as far south as Seward & the Kenai Peninsula.  Alaska is a vast land; it's impossible to include all of the rivers worth doing in this state.  Jule targets  the most sought after & popular runs for packrafters, primarily in in the state's Southcentral zone. The new Alaska River Forums are under construction; a resource for all users to share current river info & ask local paddlers questions or trip advice.

Over 70 runs are included throughout:

  • Anchorage
  • Girdwood
  • Hope
  • Seward
  • Mat- Su Valley
  • Talkeetna
  • Denali
  • Glennallen-Valdez
  • Wrangell-St. Elias

For a complete list of what rivers are included, scroll through & refer to the "River by Class" page photo below

Also available for purchase in Alaska:


  • AMH
  • Hoarding Marmot


  • Beaver Sports
  • Northern Alaska Packrafts
  • New Wave Adventures



  • Chugach Adventures


  • Seward Outdoor Store


  • Prospector Outfitters



  • Kennicott Wilderness Guides


  • Haines Bookstore


“Wow!  Jule’s guidebook marks a major milestone in Alaska’s history of packrafting.  A huge thanks to Jule for creating this guide- it’s comprehensive, visually pleasing, and will help us all prepare for joyful days on the water.” 

- Luc Mehl, author of The Packraft Handbook  www.thingstolucat.com

“Jule has done it!  The rivers & creeks in this guidebook are the highest quality whitewater runs in Alaska for a packraft!  The pictures alone are worth 1,000 words, capturing the “feel” or each run.  The maps will help you find your way to the put-in & back home.  The description & information for each run is thorough- a useful tool for informed decision making in attempting the run.  This book has all the ingredients you need to put together a fun & successful packrafting trip on some of the best rivers & creeks Alaska has to offer!”

-Tim Johnson, AK river pioneer & author of Alaska Whitewater, instagram: truckhouselife

“Jule has written the perfect companion for packrafting enthusiasts in Alaska, whether they are beginners just getting started, or old-timers looking for new routes.  This book looks great, reads well, & provides vital beta for packrafting adventures in the birthplace of the sport.”

-Roman Dial, AKA “Father of Packrafting” & author of Packrafting! www.theroamingdials.com 

Endless Gratitude shout out

THANK YOU to all who sponsored & supported the Guidebook!