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Alaska whitewater, Browns Creek

Near Valdez county, Browns Creek Canyon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     1.5 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This section of Browns Creek in Near Valdez Borough is 1.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Near Valdez Borough and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. You can pitch a
    tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The Chugach Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This is a pretty short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Browns Creek Canyon section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
At Browns Creek you always meet someone from Valdez. All the water falling down from the sky makes Browns Creek a wet place. September is when you get the most rain here, and June is the month with the least moisture. Through the long summer days, highs mostly are in the 60's at Browns Creek, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 20's while Browns Creek nighttime low temperatures all through the winter are in the 10's.

Browns Creek, Browns Creek Canyon road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Browns Creek.
 Whitewater Near Browns Creek:
Browns Creek, Near Valdez Borough, 2 miles away
      Class III - 1.5 miles long (Browns Creek Canyon)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 2 miles away
      Class II - 13 miles long (Below Keystone Canyon)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 6 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Keystone Canyon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Keystone Outfitters, Valdez Cordova Borough, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 12 miles long (Tsina Glacier to Tsina Lodge on Richardson Highway)
Wortmann's Creek, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Upper River to Lowe River)
Valdez Glacier Stream, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Valdez Glacier to Richardson Highway)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 19 miles away
      Class V - 7.5 miles long (Heiden Canyon)
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 41 miles long (Tonsina Glacier to Tonsina Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Keystone Raft & Kayak Adventures, Valdez Cordova Borough, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Marinas Near Browns Creek:
Prince William Marina, Cordova , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Browns Creek:
Valdez Harbor Inn, Valdez , 30 miles away
Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, Valdez , 30 miles away
Mountain Sky Hotel And Suites, Valdez , 30 miles away
Totem Inn, Valdez , 30 miles away
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfas, Glennallen , 49 miles away
 Public Lands Near Browns Creek:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 49 miles away

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