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Alaska whitewater, Sixmile River

Kenai Penninsula county, East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     9.3 miles
 
I did 6 mile this summer, what a rush!!!  Some things to know... it is a series of three canyons, the first two are considered more class IV but the third canyon is definitley class V.  There are two companies that operate on the river, Chugach Outdoor and Nova.  I went with Chugach but I hear that they are both good.  I reccomend (and give an AWA, shout out to) the guides ''Pizza'' and ''Charlie'' from Chugach outdoor, great people!  The
    canyons are very narrow.  Oh and the last thing.  You have to wear a dry suit and complete a swim test wearing it (in the river) before you can go.  The water is frigid and there is no room for error.  Make sure to get a
suit with a good neck gasket.  Mine was loose and water rushed in the second I started swimming brrrr!  If you're looking for a great place to stay check out Alaska Wildland Adventures in Cooper Landing. Says Mike

The put-in location is a short drive from Anchorage, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska are harder than the national norm,
 
so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The scenic beauty of Kenai Penninsula Borough and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine section is one of them. The East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine section of Sixmile River in Alaska is 9.3 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. 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 this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Sixmile River, East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine 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 Sixmile River.
 Whitewater Near Sixmile River:
Sixmile River, Kenai Penninsula Borough, 3 miles away
      Class V - 9.3 miles long (East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outdoor Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Bird Creek, -blank- Borough, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (5 miles upstream to Turnagain Arm)
Canyon Creek, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 6.5 miles long (Seward HigHighway at outlet of Lower Summit Lake to Seward Highway at Hope Junction)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 16 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Upper)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Echo Bend to Rapids Camp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Adventure Guides, Anchorage Borough, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Anchorage Whitewater, Anchorage Borough, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Expeditions, Anchorage Borough, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Borealis River Guides, Anchorage Borough, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Sixmile River:
Alyeska, Alaska , 19 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 24 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 27 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Sixmile River:
Trail Lake Lodge, Moose Pass , 6 miles away
Midnight Sun Cabins, Moose Pass , 7 miles away
The Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood , 20 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Eagle River/Anchorage Are, Eagle River , 22 miles away
Harborview Inn Seward Alaska, Seward , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sixmile River:
Granite Creek - Chugach National Forest, Anchorage, 7 miles away
Bertha Creek Campground, Kenai Peninsula County, 9 miles away
Coeur D'Alene Campground, Kenai Peninsula County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Sixmile River:
Bird Creek Trail, Anchorage , 7 miles away
Johnson Pass Trail, Kenai Peninsula , 11 miles away
Grant Lake Trail, Kenai Peninsula , 11 miles away
Carter Lake Trail, Kenai Peninsula , 12 miles away
Devils Pass Trail, Kenai Peninsula , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sixmile River:
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward - AK , 23 miles away
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 33 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 18 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sixmile River:
Moose Run Golf Course, Fort Richardson , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Sixmile River
Johnson Lake, Kenai Peninsula , 12 miles away
Crescent Lake, Kenai Peninsula , 15 miles away

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