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The easiest put in is at the North Fork Eagle River access point. From here you can put in and float/portage/line your boat about half a mile to a mile before reaching the main channel of the Eagle River. From here it is about eight miles of scenic class 1 water to float until reaching the Eagle River Loop Bridge. Along this stretch you can enjoy high snow capped mountains on both sides, lots of gushing glacial streams meeting the river as well as moose, beavers and bears in abundance.
As the river winds its way toward the Knik Arm you will gradually re-enter civilization when coming to Eagle River, but don't worry, as this doesn't mean the wildlife stops (actually I've seen more moose in vicinity of town than anywhere else). When you reach the Eagle River Loop Bridge (you can't miss it, it is a highway bridge over the river) take out if you are in a canoe or other open boat. If you want a little adventure continue down the river and enjoy the class II "Bridge to Bridge" stretch of Eagle River, followed by the class III "Campground Rapids" and the class III "Military Stretch" which flows through Fort Richardson, AK (you need a special permit to do this so it is best to take out at the campground).
Just a warning... rapids aren't the only thing you need to scout for. I was floating the eagle river in a packraft, went around a corner and almost right into the legs of a large bull moose. Luckily it just looked at me and then proceeded on its way. Just be careful coming around sharp corners.
Overall Eagle River is both a great scenic float and a fun whitewater float easily accessible just outside of Anchorage.
Classic Freestanding Rack