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Alaska whitewater, Gravel Creek

Matanuska-Susitna county, Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     11.5 miles
  This section of Gravel Creek is 11.5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River section is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make
    you glad you came. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alaska tend to be more challenging than the national average,
so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the playfulness of the water beats anything. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The wild scenery of the Talkeetna Mountains is great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general
Have a nice hiking adventure along the Chickaloon Knik Nelchina Trail. Summertime brings highs in the 60's to Gravel Creek while night lows are usually in the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 10's; overnight lows through the winter for Gravel Creek tend to be in the-10's. Gravel Creek gets very little rainfall. July is when you get the most rain here; the driest of the months is April.

Gravel Creek, Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River 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 Gravel Creek.
 Whitewater Near Gravel Creek:
Gravel Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 11.5 miles long (Gravel Creek Glacier to Matanuska River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Alaska Raft Rentals, Matanuska Susitna Borough, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Matanuska River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 54 miles long (Glacier Park Bridge to Palmer)
Hicks Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Hicks Lake to Matanuska River)
Coal Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 11.8 miles long (Glacier to Matanuska River)
Chickaloon River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Borough, 21 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 33 miles long (30 Mile Airstrip to Matanuska)
Matanuska River, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 21 miles away
      Class III+ - 5.2 miles long (Lions Head)
Caribou Creek, -blank- Borough, 28 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Squaw Creek to Glenn Highway Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Gravel Creek:
Alyeska, Alaska , 81 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Trails Near Gravel Creek:
Chickaloon Knik Nelchina Trail, Matanuska-Susitna , 15 miles away

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