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Alaska whitewater, Bird Creek

5 miles upstream to Turnagain Arm section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     3.5 miles
  The 5 miles upstream to Turnagain Arm section of Bird Creek is 3.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V+ section of whitewater. The wonderful -blank- Borough scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This is
    one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here
do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The beauty of the Chugach Mountains is a great plus for this river. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in is not too far from Anchorage, as you can see on the road map further down. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some  
good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Bird Creek you stumble on the Bird Creek Trail which is a perfect hiking trail. Going to Chugach State Park near Bird Creek is a delightful thing to do. Not much precipitation falls here at Bird Creek. The month of September is the wettest with most of the rain, and April is when it's the driest. High temperatures at Bird Creek through the months of summer are in the 60's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 10's; night lows in the 0's for Bird Creek.

Bird Creek, 5 miles upstream to Turnagain Arm road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Bird Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bird Creek:
Bird Creek, -blank- Borough, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (5 miles upstream to Turnagain Arm)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outdoor Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Sixmile River, Kenai Penninsula Borough, 10 miles away
      Class V - 9.3 miles long (East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine)
Canyon Creek, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 6.5 miles long (Seward HigHighway at outlet of Lower Summit Lake to Seward Highway at Hope Junction)
Ship Creek, Anchorage Borough, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Artic Vally Road to bridge)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 13 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Upper)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.5 miles long (Bridge to Bridge)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Echo Bend to Rapids Camp)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Military Stretch)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alpacka Rafts, Anchorage Borough, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Bird Creek:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 18 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 22 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 22 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Bird Creek:
Trail Lake Lodge, Moose Pass , 11 miles away
Midnight Sun Cabins, Moose Pass , 12 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Eagle River/Anchorage Are, Eagle River , 14 miles away
Alaska Adventure Unlimited Chalets, Wasilla , 19 miles away
Alaskas Wasilla Bed And Breakfast, Wasilla , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bird Creek:
Coeur D'Alene Campground, Kenai Peninsula County, 8 miles away
Henry's One Stop, Hope, 9 miles away
Granite Creek - Chugach National Forest, Anchorage, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Bird Creek:
Bird Creek Trail, Anchorage , 0 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bird Creek:
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 27 miles away
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward - AK , 29 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 14 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bird Creek:
Moose Run Golf Course, Fort Richardson , 11 miles away
Eagle River Golf Center, Eagle River , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Bird Creek
Lower Fire Lake, Anchorage , 14 miles away
Johnson Lake, Kenai Peninsula , 18 miles away
Crescent Lake, Kenai Peninsula , 19 miles away

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