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Alaska whitewater, Sheep Creek

Matanuska-Susitna county, to Parks Highway section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     25 miles
  This stretch of Sheep Creek in Matanuska-Susitna Borough is 25 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The natural beauty of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the water flowing gracefully down Sheep Creek beats
    anything. When you're paddling down a Talkeetna Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Anchorage, as you can see on the road map further
down. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are a few other stretches in this river system  
that can be paddled as well. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Do pay a visit to Denali National Park & Preserve since you're here at Sheep Creek; this is a popular place for people from Talkeetna. You just can't envision the amount of outdoors amusing things the Talkeetna Mountains has to offer. Through the warm months at Sheep Creek temperatures are mostly in the 60's with overnight lows in the 40's. All through the winter highs are in the 10's, and through the dark hours in the winter at Sheep Creek temperatures fall to the 0's.

Sheep Creek, to Parks 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 Sheep Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sheep Creek:
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Guardrail to Shirleytown)
Whitewater Outfitter - Denali View B & B, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.75 miles long (Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek)
Sheep Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 19 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (to Parks Highway)
Whitewater Outfitter - Willow Creek Rafting, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Whitewater, Anchorage Borough, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Military Stretch)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Downstream, Anchorage Borough, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 28 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.5 miles long (Bridge to Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alpacka Rafts, Anchorage Borough, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Sheep Creek:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 28 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 30 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 58 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Marinas Near Sheep Creek:
Big Lake Powersports & Marine, Big Lake , 17 miles away
Burkeshore Marina, Big Lake , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Sheep Creek:
BEST WESTERN Lake Lucille Inn, Wasilla , 25 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Eagle River/Anchorage Are, Eagle River , 28 miles away
Alaska Adventure Unlimited Chalets, Wasilla , 28 miles away
Alaskas Wasilla Bed And Breakfast, Wasilla , 28 miles away
Econo Inn, Anchorage , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sheep Creek:
Wildland Development LLC, Talkeetna, 10 miles away
Talkeetna Camper Park, Talkeetna, 10 miles away
Riverside Camper Park, Houston, 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sheep Creek:
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 9 miles away
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 28 miles away
Denali State Park, Alaska , 23 miles away
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Alaska , 25 miles away

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