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Alaska whitewater, Lemon Creek

Juneau county, Upper Quarry to Costco section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+     2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. If you're coming from Juneau it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Alaska and the water flowing gracefully down Lemon Creek beats anything. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for
    a while are great reasons to come. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here.
If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Upper Quarry to Costco section is one of them. This section of Lemon Creek is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
One of the best things about Lemon Creek is its proximity to Young Beach, and the best way to spend a winter
 
day is on the slopes of nearby Eaglecrest. If you're going to Lemon Creek from Juneau, you won't be the only one, and you can spend the day on the beach at Ready Bullion Beach. A river like this is too good to miss. Going for a hike on the Nugget Creek Trail is always a good adventure, and nearby you stumble on the Lemon Creek Trail which is a good hiking trail. Lemon Creek is a pretty wet place generally with a lot of rainfall. October is the wettest month with most rain, and April meanwhile is the driest month. During the long summer days, highs typically are in the 60's at Lemon Creek.

Lemon Creek, Upper Quarry to Costco 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 Lemon Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lemon Creek:
Lemon Creek, Juneau Borough, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Upper Quarry to Costco)
Gold Creek, City & Borough of Juneau Borough, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Basin Road Bridge into Cope Park)
Mendenhall River, Juneau Borough, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive)
Montana Creek, City & Borough of Juneau Borough, 12 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4 miles long (MCamp Grounduinness Creek to Mendenhall River)
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Eagle River, Juneau Borough, 21 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Lake to Veterans Memorial Highway)
 Ski Areas Near Lemon Creek:
Eaglecrest, Alaska , 5 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 31 runs
 Marinas Near Lemon Creek:
Fisherman's Bend, Juneau , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Lemon Creek:
Young Beach, Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon , 9 miles away
Ready Bullion Beach, Juneau , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Lemon Creek:
Juneau Hotel, Juneau , 4 miles away
Alaskas Capital Inn Bed And Breakfast, Juneau , 4 miles away
Beachside Villa Luxury Inn, Juneau , 4 miles away
Prospector Hotel, Juneau , 5 miles away
Goldbelt Hotel Juneau, Juneau , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lemon Creek:
Last Chance - Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, 5 miles away
Spruce Meadow Recreational Vehicle Park, Juneau, 9 miles away
Admiralty Cove - Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Lemon Creek:
Lemon Creek Trail, Juneau , 1 miles away
Nugget Creek Trail, Juneau , 3 miles away
Moller Ski Trail, Juneau , 4 miles away
Mount Roberts Trail, Juneau , 7 miles away
West Glacier Trail, Juneau , 7 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lemon Creek:
Mendenhall Golf, Juneau , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Lemon Creek
Cropley Lake, Juneau , 5 miles away

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