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Alaska whitewater, Granite Creek

Matanuska-Susitna county, 2600-foot level to Glenn Highway section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     16 miles
  The natural beauty of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section of Granite Creek in Matanuska-Susitna Borough is 16 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're
    not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There's camping available near Granite Creek. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of
good spots. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful Talkeetna Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This is one of a small number of paddling sections  
in this river system, there are a few others too. The put-in is not too far from Anchorage, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Chickaloon Trail. At Granite Creek you donít see much rain. For the duration of September this area sees the most rain; March meanwhile is the driest month. Through the summertime months at Granite Creek highs are frequently in the 60's. Through the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 40's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 20's, and through the dark hours in the wintertime at Granite Creek temperatures descend to the 0's.

Granite Creek, 2600-foot level to Glenn Highway 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 Granite Creek.
 Whitewater Near Granite Creek:
Granite Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16 miles long (2600-foot level to Glenn Highway)
Wolverine Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 6 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Upper River to Matanuska River)
Sheep River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 9 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 50 miles long (Close to Glacier to Talkeetna River)
Kings River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 20 miles long (Upper Kings to Glenn Highway)
Whitewater Outfitter - Matanuska Madwater Rafting Company, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Riverrunners, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Moose Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 17 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Buffalo Mine Road to Glenn Highway)
Little Susitna River, -blank- Borough, 20 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (Upper)
Talkeetna River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 54 miles long (Stephan Lake to Susitna River at Talkeetna Village)
Reeds Creek, -blank- Borough, 26 miles away
      Class V - 0.8 miles long (Good Hope Creek Confluence to Reed Lakes Trailhead)
 Ski Areas Near Granite Creek:
Alyeska, Alaska , 34 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 62 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 68 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Granite Creek:
Alaska Garden Gate B&B, Palmer , 22 miles away
Alaska Garden Gate B&B And Cottages, Palmer , 32 miles away
The Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood , 34 miles away
Agate Inn, Wasilla , 37 miles away
Alaskas Select Inn Wasilla, Wasilla , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Granite Creek:
Pinnacle Mountain Recreation, Sutton, 7 miles away
Kroa Kamping Resorts-alaska, Palmer, 15 miles away
Bestview Mobile Home Village, Palmer, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Granite Creek:
Chickaloon Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Granite Creek:
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward - AK , 69 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 36 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Granite Creek:
Palmer Golf Course, Palmer , 15 miles away

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