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Alaska whitewater, Hicks Creek

Matanuska-Susitna county, Hicks Lake to Matanuska River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     11 miles
  The natural beauty of Alaska and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Hicks Creek in Alaska is 11 miles long and is a class V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at Hicks Creek are pretty good. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Hicks Lake
    to Matanuska River section is one of them. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. 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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. When you're paddling down a Talkeetna Mountains river like this one you always get great  
scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
At Hicks Creek through the summer highs are in the 60's. Summer night lows descend down to the 40's. Highs through the wintertime are commonly in the 10's; nighttime lows at Hicks Creek through the winter generally drop into the-10's. Hicks Creek is a location that is reasonably dehydrated ordinarily. Most of the rain falls through July while April is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Hicks Creek, Hicks Lake to Matanuska River 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 Hicks Creek.
 Whitewater Near Hicks Creek:
Matanuska River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 54 miles long (Glacier Park Bridge to Palmer)
Hicks Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Hicks Lake to Matanuska River)
Gravel Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 10 miles away
      Class IV+ - 11.5 miles long (Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River)
Matanuska River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 5.2 miles long (Lions Head)
Caribou Creek, -blank- Borough, 18 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Squaw Creek to Glenn Highway Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Raft Rentals, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Coal Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 26 miles away
      Class IV - 11.8 miles long (Glacier to Matanuska River)
Chickaloon River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 27 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 33 miles long (30 Mile Airstrip to Matanuska)
 Ski Areas Near Hicks Creek:
Alyeska, Alaska , 91 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs

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