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Alaska whitewater, Lowe River

Valdez-Cordova Census Area county, Keystone Canyon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     5 miles
  This stretch of Lowe River is 5 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough and the cool fresh water beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Alaska is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit
    away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Keystone Canyon stretch is just one
of them. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The beautiful Chugach Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There's camping available near Lowe River. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
A spree to Bridal Veil Falls will fill your spirit with fine feelings, and Snowslide Gulch is nearby, and is a good site. So much exciting stuff in the Chugach Mountains, just tremendous. Don't leave Lowe River without first paying a visit to Rudleston Falls, and the cheerful people of Valdez like to hang out nearby. This is such a fun river. All the water falling down from the sky makes Lowe River a wet place. September is when you get the most rain here, and June on the other hand is the driest. Throughout the summer months highs here at Lowe River reach the 60's; the overnight is a little chillier of course, regularly in the 40's.

Lowe River, Keystone Canyon 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 Lowe River.
 Whitewater Near Lowe River:
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 2 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Keystone Canyon)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 2 miles away
      Class II - 13 miles long (Below Keystone Canyon)
Browns Creek, Near Valdez Borough, 4 miles away
      Class III - 1.5 miles long (Browns Creek Canyon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Keystone Outfitters, Valdez Cordova Borough, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 12 miles long (Tsina Glacier to Tsina Lodge on Richardson Highway)
Wortmann's Creek, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Upper River to Lowe River)
Lowe River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 17 miles away
      Class V - 7.5 miles long (Heiden Canyon)
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 41 miles long (Tonsina Glacier to Tonsina Lake)
Valdez Glacier Stream, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough, 19 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Valdez Glacier to Richardson Highway)
Whitewater Outfitter - Keystone Raft & Kayak Adventures, Valdez Cordova Borough, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Hotels Near Lowe River:
Valdez Harbor Inn, Valdez , 32 miles away
BEST WESTERN Valdez Harbor Inn, Valdez , 32 miles away
Mountain Sky Hotel And Suites, Valdez , 32 miles away
Totem Inn, Valdez , 32 miles away
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfast, Tazlina , 46 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lowe River:
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center - AK , 45 miles away

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