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Sutton Visitors Center

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Mile Marker 65.1

Madwater

Take a ride on the wild side, rafting on the Matanuska River with Madwater Rafting Company. 

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You start on the Chickaloon River before heading down to the Matanuska River for your 4 hour journey.  

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View wildlife moose, bald eagles, majestic mountains along one of the most exhilarating rides on the river.

 

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Make your Reservation today!

 

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Mile Marker 60.1 — 114.9 Sutton to Majestic Valley Lodge

Sutton to the Majestic Lodge, along the mighty Matanuska River, 54 miles of the most beautiful part of the Glenn Highway. Nestled between the Chugach and Talkeenta Mountain Ranges, Visit the Historic Alpine Park. Athabascan Culture Exhibits, native music, dancing and storytelling. Madwater River Rafting. Stop at Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café’s petting zoo with over 100 animals. Gifts Stores, Antiques Shops, Native Art, gold panning, hiking, Geo-Caching Maps at the Sutton Visitors Center. The Matanuska Glacier, the only glacier accessible by car, Walk on A Glacier. Glacier Trekking & Ice climbing with Mica Guides, View wildlife, Dall sheep. Comfortable lodging, at Tundra Rose Guest Cottages, Grand View Café & RV Park , Sheep Mt. Lodge, Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge & Matanuska Lodge,…So Much To Do !

 

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· Mile 60.1

· Sutton Visitors Center

· Alpine Historical Park

· Jonesville Café & General Store

· Riverside Deli & Grocery

· Matanuska Madwater Rafting

· Mile 70

· Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café

· Mile 77

· Chickaloon General Store

· Mile 99.5

· The Matanuska Lodge

· Mile 102

· Matanuska Glacier Park

· Mile 102.5

· Mica Guides — Trekking & Ice Climbing

· Mile 109.5

· Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

· Mile 109.7

· Grand View Café & RV Park

· Mile 113.5

· Sheep Mountain Lodge

· Mile 114.9

· Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge

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clip_image026Jonesville Café & General Store:  Open Daily year round, grocery, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, espresso, beer on tap. Gifts, internet wireless, laundry, bathrooms w/ hot showers. ATM ,Ice, firewood, propane, easy access semi’s, trailers. 907 746-7461 or email : Rebecca_hobbs@msn.com for more information. Web site http://alaskaadventuresites.com/webpages/suttongeneralstore/

 

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Alpine Inn  Open 10AM to 1AM — Beer, Wine, Full Bar, pool tables, music, outdoor deck, group events, live music events, banquets. 907 745 – 9595

 

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clip_image010  Alpine Historical Park: 

Open 9AM to7PM Daily May 31—Sept. 15

Historical Buildings, Athabascan Winter Lodge Exhibit, Coal Mining Relics, Local Fossils, Gardens, Picnic Area, Tour Bus Access, Playground & Restrooms. Coal Miner’s Hall of Fame, 14 miles east of Palmer. One hour from Anchorage, groups events & weddings. 907 745-7000

Web Site www.alpinehistoricalpark.org

Email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com 

 

Sutton — Visitors Center: Located at the Alpine Historical Park

Open daily, Information, internet, brochures, Geo-Caching, hiking trails, camping, fishing, 4—wheel, cross country skiing maps. Reservations for local activities and lodging. Call 907 745-1716

Email suttonvisitors@hotmail.com 

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Riverside Deli & Grocery: Open Daily 7AM to 9PM Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, fully stocked grocery store, video rentals, gifts, ATM, Ice, Propane, Take out menu, Great Deli Sandwiches. Daily Specials. Call Ahead 907 746 — 3354

 

Mile Marker 65.1

Madwater 

Madwater Rafting: Mile 65.1 Open Daily Open [June – August]   Whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking available on multiple trips daily.  Enjoy our scenic, splashy "Fun Run."  It’s a great day to be on the water with Matanuska Madwater! “Need a Good Paddling “ 1-888-MAD-RAFT

Web: www.matanuskamadwater.com.

 

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clip_image024Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café: Mile 70 26616 N. Glenn Hwy. Open Year round Breakfast all day lunch & Dinner specials daily & full menu. RV Hook-Ups, Gifts Shop, Antiques, largest antique tractor collection in Alaska. Bathrooms with hot showers, laundry, Petting Zoo with over 100 Animals. Caravans and Trucks welcome.

Call for reservations: 907 746-6531 Email: pinnaclepeak@mtaonline.net

 

Mile Marker 77

Chickaloon General Store: Near MP 77 on the Glenn Highway. The Chickaloon Historical Room shows photos of the Coal Mining community. Breathtaking views of King & Castle Mountain. Locally owned and operated. Local Alaskan gifts made of fur, fleece, leather, bone, antler, skulls, river rocks & gems. Laundry, showers, propane, gas and everything for your camping, hiking and BBQ needs. Stop in for a snack and a chat! Call 907 746-1801

 

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Communities On The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway@

Sutton Visitors Center

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907 745 –1716

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The Matanuska Lodge

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The Matanuska Lodge: Mile 99.5 Four beautifully decorated rooms w/private baths, a 7 person deck located hot tub, a game room w/pool table & exercise equip.  Splendid views of on site private 40 acre lake with paddle boats and canoes, w/ The Matanuska Glacier at your doorstep.  Daily Breakfast & Hors d’oeuvres w/special Continental fare, Dinner by request. Big screen TV, Wireless Internet. Private bath robes, hairdryers, and lighted makeup mirrors. Radiant heat floors & ceiling fans, total blackout shades.  Wildlife that visits & a spotting scope for viewing Dahl sheep from a picnic area & fire pit. Near Mica Glacier Guides & Nova rafters. The Matanuska Lodge, a resort for all seasons, w/activities to enjoy any time of year. For The Discriminating Traveler.

34301 W. Glenn Hwy. 99674 Phone: 907 746-0378 

Web Site: www. Matanuska Lodge.com  

Email: nuska1@mac.com

 

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The Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier: Mile 102 “Walk on a Glacier” Guided Tours, Hiking. The average person takes about fifteen minutes to walk ”back in time to the ice age”.  Everyone has seen Glaciers from boats, aircraft, highways and in books and films.  Our tours give you a outstanding hands on experience & also ties other information together in a deeper understanding. Call 888 253-448

Email blueice@mtaonline.net

 

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Exposure Alaska & Mica Guides : Mile 102.5 " Discover glacier hiking, trekking and ice climbing on the blue ice of the Matanuska Glacier. Explore crevasses, pools, towering ice formations and hidden lakes. Just about anyone can enjoy glacier treks with our experienced guides.  No experience is necessary for any of our trips.  Whether you’re a first time visitor to a glacier or seeking an introduction to the vertical world of ice and mountaineering, we have an adventure for you! For Reservations : 907 351– 7587 800 956-6422

Email: info@micaguides.com

Web Site: www. micaguides.com

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Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

MP 109.5 Three quality guest cottages in a relaxing nature setting with unobstructed Matanuska glacier views, kitchenettes, coffee makers, gas fireplaces, private baths, private decks/ patios and cable TV. Located at the base of sheep mountain, Dahl sheep can be viewed on the surrounding mountains. Dining and Laundry services nearby.

Web Site www.tundrarosecabins.com  Email info@tundrarosecabins.com

907 745 5865  If calling long distance from within Alaska, call 1-800-315 5865 for reservation.

 

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Grand view Cafe 

Grand View RV Park & Café

MP 109.7 Is your dining and RV camping destination while entering or exiting Alaska. Relax in our log café, which features hearty home style meals and brick oven baked pizza. Full service pull-through RV sites have 30/50 amp electric with delicious spring water. The only RV park with commercial cable TV and WI-FI at every site! Spectacular panoramic mountain views, Dahl sheep and other wildlife viewing. 15 Minutes to the Matanuska glacier by car.

Web Site www.grandviewrv.com  Email info@grandviewrv.com

907 746 4480 summer phone

 

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Sheep Mountain Lodge: Mile 113.5 11 Comfortable cabins w/private bath. Full service restaurant, hot tub & sauna. "Premium guest cabins with kitchens." Breathtaking views of the Matanuska River Valley. Diverse recreational trails for hiking & cross country skiing. Wildlife Viewing, easy access for RV’s & Buses.

Web Site www.sheepmountain.com    Email info@sheepmountain.com

Toll Free 877 645-5121

 

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Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge: Mile 114.9

A Serene Wilderness amidst Alaska’s Chugach & Talkeenta Mountains. Comfortable Rooms and Cabins. Summer & Winter Activities. Convenient location to Denali & Wrangell St. Elias National Parks. Wildlife Viewing. Perfect for weddings, retreats & special events.

Web Site www.majesticvalleylodge.com  Email info@majesticvalleylodge.com

907 746-2930 Fax 907 746-2931

 

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Sutton Visitors Center

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907 745 –1716

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Palmer Convention & Visitors Center

On May 15th a Holland America Cruise Line representative will visit Palmer and The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway on a FAM trip provided by the Palmer Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Hosted by Geri McCann, and her vision to see Palmer and the surrounding areas of The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway grow and  prosper with economic development in Tourism.  If we are selected as an area that the Holland America and Princess Cruise lines can market to their clients world wide, we are all in for a huge economic boost.

Not only will we provide visitors from all over the world a chance to experience an Alaska that up to now has never been experienced by tourists, we will grow as an international destination bringing with it, jobs, employment and a stability to a failing economy that has plagued many who live in rural area such as ours.

My hat is off to Geri McCann to her insight, vision, hard work against all odds to preserve and  keep the light burning for all of us.

Join us, in her vision……The Palmer Convention and Visitors Bureau.  To become a part of this wonderful opportunity we need your support.

Below is a letter of support you can sign and send to us, we welcome your ideas and look forward to a new beginning.

To The City of Palmer and Communities on The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway

We do not market ourselves self as a tourism destination as well as other communities do; as a result thousands of tourists come through our area in route to other destinations primarily for a nice rest stop instead of staying and spending.

We support the Palmer Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (PCVB) mission to change that image, and re-introduce Palmer and Communities on The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway as an exciting and enriching cultural/adventure tourism destination.

The PCVB is working hard to produce essential marketing tools such as; the Palmer Visitors Guide with regional attractions map, tourism website – (www.visitpalmer.org), and marketing the “Palmer Package” through FAMS, and booths at tourism related trade shows.

We are partnering with these efforts by joining the PCVB and encourage the City to collaborate with the PCVB by joining, purchasing advertisements, and providing additional funds and resources to assist in the production and distribution of the Palmer Visitor Guide and essential marketing tools crucial to launching Palmer as a premier tourism destination. The greater Palmer region is coming together to market itself as one dynamic package and Alaska’s prime tourism destination.

Please support the community and the PCVB efforts to promote tourism in Palmer and to communities along The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway. Help us get connected and intercept the tourism industry slipping through our fingers and town.

For more information about Palmer and The Communities on The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway

Contact:  info@visitpalmer.org or visit our web site www.visitpalmer.org

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Welcome to the Sutton General Store & Jonesville Cafe

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Located in downtown Sutton on the Glenn Highway

A great place to stop for meals or supplies on the Glenn Highway. The Jonesville Cafe is the home of the valley’s best burgers made with quality lean beef. We feature real home cooking and is ar famous for our homemade pies.

In the mood for some eggs in the afternoon? Breakfast is served all day!

On Saturday nights we server fresh baked pizza.

Stop by the General Store for supplies:

  • Groceries
  • Ice cream
  • Souvenirs
  • Showers
  • General supplies
  • RV & semi parking

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The views are incomparable in the Matanuska Valley

Sutton Alaska: A Bit of Local History

Sutton is a small Community that was founded in 1918 as a station on the Matanuska Branch Railroad, as well as a wash plant site for the US Navy’s Chickaloon Coal Mine. Sutton’s growth was then spawned by development of several nearby coalmines in the 1920’s, which produced coal to meet a significant portion of Alaska’s energy needs through the mid 1960’s.

Evan Jones Coal Mine, Located just north of Sutton, was the largest and the most productive of the Matanuska coal producers with an average employment exceeding 100 miners. For nearly half a century, the Evan Jones Coal Mine supplied coal to various customers that included the Alaska Railroad, Local Military and Utility power plants as well as domestic heating for customers with total sales exceeding six million tons.

The Alaska Railroad switched to diesel powered locomotives during the early 1950’s and local Military and Utility power plants converted to natural gas in the late 1960’s which eliminated local demand for coal causing the Evan Jones Coal Mine to close in 1968 with little hope of ever re-opening. Today, more then thirty years since the closure of the Evan Jones Coal mine, there is renewed interest and optimism that once again the high quality coal of the Matanuska Valley could pay a meaningful role in meeting Alaska’s growing energy needs.

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http://alaskaadventuresites.com/webpages/suttongeneralstore/

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Where You Go –

Geocaching is a relatively new sport that has become popular with the advent of easy-to-use Global Positioning Satellite receivers (GPSr). Players create and hide containers (known as caches) with a logbook, and depending on the container, items for trade. Their coordinates are recorded with a GPS, and the cache is posted on a website, along with a description and other useful information. The seekers load these coordinates into their GPS, and head out to find the cache.

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You will start at The Alpine Historical Park in Sutton at Mile 61.5 on

The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway.

Stop by to pick-up maps and coordinates!

Open May – Sept.

Email for more information

alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com

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There are over 1000 geocaches in Alaska, in every part of the state. Many are located in relatively populated areas, in municipal parks or other easily accessible locations. Others are located along the highway system in Alaska, and guests could literally find dozens of geocaches every day as they travel through the state. A few are located in very challenging areas, and require considerable physical skill and specialized equipment, such as climbing gear or a boat to find.

Alaskan geocachers do a very good job of placing caches in particularly interesting locations, so that their fellow players can discover and enjoy some of Alaska’s more spectacular sights and experiences while searching for geocaches.

What You See

Alaska’s scenery is spectacular almost everywhere you go. A visitor might plan a trip to Alaska with the goal of geocaching every day, or perhaps plan a vacation in Alaska and travel around, and visit geocaches that he or she comes across along the way. For example, there are literally dozens of geocaches on the road between Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. In either case, the geocaching guest can expect spectacular scenery and some very creative geocaches.

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A winter view of Mt. Eska taken near a geocache along the Glenn Highway near Sutton, Alaska.

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What You Bring

Of course, a geocacher will always have his or her GPS receiver with them. Fortunately, Alaska is very well connected to the Internet, so if a guest had a laptop computer, one could easily connect to the geocaching.com website to download coordinates of caches. Since geocaching is an outdoor sport, all of the usual gear that you would need for a walk in the woods is appropriate, such as insect repellent, rain gear, appropriate footwear, etc. Also, since Alaska has a large number of large wild animals that wander the woods, a knowledge of safe outdoor travel and what to do when confronted with a large animal is also very useful.

We are very familiar with the sport (this is one of our personal hobbies), and we would he happy to assist you with planning an Alaskan vacation that would include geocaching, either as a casual diversion while here, or as a geocaching safari.

You Never Know What you will Find!

Alaska Whitewater – Matanuska River, Talkeetna Mountains, Matanuska-Susitna Borough

The Matanuska River has two Rafting Companies,  Nova Alaska and Madwater Rafting, with offices located in Sutton and Chickaloon on The Glenn Highway.

 

River Rafting Trips

 

Matanuska-Susitna County, Lions Head section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+     5.2 miles

This section of Matanuska River in Alaska is 5.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III+ section of whitewater. The scenic beauty of Alaska and the water flowing gracefully down Matanuska River beats anything. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. When you’re paddling down a Talkeetna Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The average Alaska whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you’re visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn’t matter, around here you won’t find a large number of other rivers. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Lions Head section is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
During the summer, highs regularly are in the 60’s at Matanuska River. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 40’s. Throughout the winter the highs are regularly in the 10’s, and winter nights come with lows in the-10’s to Matanuska River. Matanuska River is pretty dry regularly; most of the rain falls during July while April is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

No need to travel far to stop by interesting stuff like Matanuska Glacier.

Matanuska River, Lions Head road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

QUICK STATS
AW Class: III+
Length: 5.2 miles
Average Gradient: 38 fpm
Putin Location Coordinates:
Latitude: 61.80329
Longitude: -147.6816
Takeout Location Coordinates:
Latitude: 61.79589
Longitude: -147.7994

 


Matanuska Madwater
Rafting Company

 

Matanuska River Rafting

  1. WICKED FUN RUN- Launching from the pristine waters of the Chickaloon River, you will enter the mighty Matanuska River for an afternoon of awesome Class II / Class III whitewater rafting. Minimum age 5 yrs old.
  2. LIONS HEAD- This section of the Matanuska River is a splashy Alaskan favorite suitable for all levels. Whether you are in an oar assisted paddle raft or are doing all the paddling under the instruction of a professional river guide, you will have a wet and wild ride. Minimum age 12 yrs. old.

Where
Sutton, Alaska

When
Available May through September

Capacity
Depending on tour

Equipment
Experienced river guides, quality professional dry suits, rubber boots, and USCG-approved life jacket.

 


Nova Alaska River Rafting and Glacier Hikes

 

Nova – Alaska River Rafting Adventures

 

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NOVA is an Alaskan river touring company that has been providing Alaska scenic and whitewater river rafting day trips near Anchorage and wilderness river rafting trips since 1975, glacier hiking tours on the Matanuska Glacier and river rescue training since 1980. Additionally, we are the Alaska dealer for Vanguard Inflatables and their fine line of whitewater rafts and kayaks.

Alaska River Rafting – Day Trips near Anchorage
Our exciting selection of day river rafting trips are based on their special locations and features and not where the ‘captured audiences’ are. These trips have continued to be popular with locals and their visiting friends and relatives since 1975, and our ability and experience to handle small to large groups and their special needs offers an experience everyone will remember. Whether you are focused on thrilling whitewater or a more mellow experience for yourself, friends, family, wedding parties, company parties and team building experiences, NOVA has a trip to suit any interest from class I to V.

Alaska River Rafting – Wilderness Trips
We have developed a series of multi-day, wilderness river rafting trips that will get you into some of the most remote country in Alaska. Or wilderness trips are especially good for spotting wildlife and experiencing Alaska away from the busy tourist areas.

Glacier Hikes
Joins us on the Matanuska Glacier for a day hike that you will never forget. An experienced and professional guide will take you out on the ice to explore the otherworldly landscape of glaciers and inform you of its’ natural wonders.

info@novalaska.com
800-746-5753

NOVA
P.O. Box 1129
Chickaloon, AK 99674