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Alaska whitewater, Willow Creek

Matanuska-Susitna county, Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     6.75 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The natural beauty of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.
    The put-in is not too far from Anchorage, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system.
You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There's camping available near Willow Creek. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. The Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek section of Willow Creek is 6.75 miles long and is a class V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general
 
area:
Lots of folks from Houston come to Willow Creek. A normal amount of rainfall falls here at Willow Creek. August is when you get the most rain here, and January is the month with the least moisture. At Willow Creek during the warm days of summer highs are in the 60's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 40's. The winter brings highs down to the 10's, and night lows at Willow Creek all through the winter ordinarily drop into the 0's.

Willow Creek, Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek 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 Willow Creek.
 Whitewater Near Willow Creek:
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Guardrail to Shirleytown)
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.75 miles long (Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Whitewater, Anchorage Borough, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Denali View B & B, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Downstream, Anchorage Borough, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Military Stretch)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.5 miles long (Bridge to Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alpacka Rafts, Anchorage Borough, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Sheep Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (to Parks Highway)
Campbell Creek, Anchorage Borough, 22 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Powerline pass to Hilltop Ski area)
 Ski Areas Near Willow Creek:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 19 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 21 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 52 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Marinas Near Willow Creek:
Big Lake Powersports & Marine, Big Lake , 8 miles away
Burkeshore Marina, Big Lake , 10 miles away
South Port Marina, Big Lake , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Willow Creek:
SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake, Anchorage , 19 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Eagle River/Anchorage Are, Eagle River , 20 miles away
Econo Inn, Anchorage , 20 miles away
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, Anchorage , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn Downtown - Ship Creek, Anchorage , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Willow Creek:
Riverside Camper Park, Houston, 6 miles away
Alaskan Trails Rv and Camper Park, Wasilla, 12 miles away
Sail-n-fun Resort, Big Lake, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Willow Creek:
Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali Park - AK , 16 miles away
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 19 miles away
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Alaska , 23 miles away
Denali State Park, Alaska , 32 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Willow Creek:
Russian Jack Springs, Anchorage , 19 miles away
Eagle River Golf Center, Eagle River , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Willow Creek
Beverly Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 14 miles away
Goose Lake, Anchorage , 19 miles away

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