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Alaska whitewater, Eagle River

Anchorage county, Upper section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I     15 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Anchorage, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The wonderful Anchorage Borough scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. 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. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Upper section is just one of them. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature
will have you coming back for more. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Bird Creek Trail is always a magnificent adventure. When
you're here at Eagle River it's always fun to visit Chugach State Park, and you're sure to run into some friendly people from Chugiak here. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. All through the days of summer, highs generally are in the 60's at Eagle River. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 10's while the cold winter nights at Eagle River are in the 0's. It is very dry here at Eagle River generally. The month of September is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month is April.

Eagle River, Upper 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 Eagle River.
 Whitewater Near Eagle River:
Bird Creek, -blank- Borough, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (5 miles upstream to Turnagain Arm)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 10 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Upper)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 10 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.5 miles long (Bridge to Bridge)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Military Stretch)
Ship Creek, Anchorage Borough, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Artic Vally Road to bridge)
Eagle River, Anchorage Borough, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Echo Bend to Rapids Camp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chugach Outdoor Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Alpacka Rafts, Anchorage Borough, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Campbell Creek, Anchorage Borough, 16 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Powerline pass to Hilltop Ski area)
Sixmile River, Kenai Penninsula Borough, 18 miles away
      Class V - 9.3 miles long (East Fork of Six Mile to Sunshine)
 Ski Areas Near Eagle River:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 17 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 23 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 24 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Eagle River:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Eagle River/Anchorage Are, Eagle River , 10 miles away
Alaska Adventure Unlimited Cha, Wasilla , 10 miles away
Alaskas Wasilla Bed And Breakf, Wasilla , 10 miles away
Pioneer Ridge Bed And Breakfas, Wasilla , 10 miles away
Grand View Inn And Suites, Wasilla , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eagle River:
Thunder Bird Falls Campground, Anchorage County, 7 miles away
Eagle River Campground, Anchorage County, 10 miles away
Hidden Heaven RV Park, Eagle River, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Eagle River:
Bird Creek Trail, Anchorage , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eagle River:
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 28 miles away
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward - AK , 38 miles away
Chugach State Park, Alaska , 8 miles away
Chugach National Forest, Alaska , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eagle River:
Moose Run Golf Course, Fort Richardson , 8 miles away
Eagle River Golf Center, Eagle River , 10 miles away
Settlers Bay Golf Club, Wasilla , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Eagle River
Lower Fire Lake, Anchorage , 9 miles away
Finger Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 15 miles away
Beverly Lake, Matanuska-Susitna , 15 miles away

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