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Alaska whitewater, Carlson Creek

CBJ county, Lower Canyon to Tidewater section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     2 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Juneau, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alaska is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. There's camping available near Carlson Creek. This stretch of Carlson
    Creek in CBJ Borough is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(IV) section. The Lower Canyon to Tidewater section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There arenít any hotels
right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Carlson Creek you will meet lots
 
of people from nearby Juneau. On a good day it's a magnificent idea to spend the day at Ready Bullion Beach. There's wonderful hiking along the Mount Roberts Trail. Summertime highs at Carlson Creek typically tend to be in the 60's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's frequently in the 40's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's, and overnight lows throughout the winter for Carlson Creek tend to be in the 10's. Carlson Creek sees pretty high levels of rainfall. Of all the months in a year October is the one with the most rain, and the driest month is April.

Carlson Creek, Lower Canyon to Tidewater 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 Carlson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Carlson Creek:
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Gold Creek, City & Borough of Juneau Borough, 14 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Basin Road Bridge into Cope Park)
Lemon Creek, Juneau Borough, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Upper Quarry to Costco)
Mendenhall River, Juneau Borough, 28 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive)
 Ski Areas Near Carlson Creek:
Eaglecrest, Alaska , 23 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 31 runs
 Beaches Near Carlson Creek:
Ready Bullion Beach, Juneau , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Carlson Creek:
The Historic Silverbow Inn, Juneau , 16 miles away
Goldbelt Hotel Juneau, Juneau , 16 miles away
Prospector Hotel, Juneau , 17 miles away
Alaskas Capital Inn Bed And Breakfast, Juneau , 17 miles away
Beachside Villa Luxury Inn, Juneau , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carlson Creek:
Last Chance - Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Carlson Creek:
Mount Roberts Trail, Juneau , 14 miles away
Moller Ski Trail, Juneau , 19 miles away
Lemon Creek Trail, Juneau , 19 miles away

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