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Alaska whitewater, Carlson Creek

CBJ county, Lower Canyon to Tidewater section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     2 miles
  This section of Carlson Creek is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Juneau, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Lower Canyon to Tidewater section is one of them. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The rivers for whitewater
    rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The scenic beauty of Alaska and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. The campgrounds  
here at Carlson Creek are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Ready Bullion Beach is near Carlson Creek if you're in a beach type of mood, and going for a hike along the Mount Roberts Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. You'll meet a lot of people from Juneau here. Carlson Creek is a wet site that gets a good deal of rain. The month of October is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month is April. For the duration of the summer months highs here at Carlson Creek get into the 60's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 40's.

Carlson Creek, Lower Canyon to Tidewater road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Carlson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Carlson Creek:
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Carlson Creek, CBJ Borough, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Lower Canyon to Tidewater)
Gold Creek, City & Borough of Juneau Borough, 14 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Basin Road Bridge into Cope Park)
Lemon Creek, Juneau Borough, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Upper Quarry to Costco)
Mendenhall River, Juneau Borough, 28 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Mendenhall Lake to Riverside Drive)
 Ski Areas Near Carlson Creek:
Eaglecrest, Alaska , 23 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 31 runs
 Beaches Near Carlson Creek:
Ready Bullion Beach, Juneau , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Carlson Creek:
Silverbow Inn, Juneau , 16 miles away
Four Points By Sheraton Juneau, Juneau , 16 miles away
Prospector Hotel, Juneau , 17 miles away
Alaskas Capital Inn Bed And Br, Juneau , 17 miles away
Juneau Hotel, Juneau , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carlson Creek:
Last Chance - Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Carlson Creek:
Mount Roberts Trail, Juneau , 14 miles away
Moller Ski Trail, Juneau , 19 miles away
Lemon Creek Trail, Juneau , 19 miles away

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