Lowell Creek Waterfall

This human-engineered waterfall is powerful and impressive, spewing a whitewater gusher that grows even bigger during epic rain storms. Lowell Creek once regularly flooded the downtown Seward from Lowell Canyon—flowing right down Jefferson Street to deposit thousands of cubic yards of gravel and silt. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rerouted the creek through a 2,068-foot tunnel beneath Bear Mountain in 1940. The tunnel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Best Viewing Spot

Lowell Point Road

It’s usually easy to find parking along the gravel road near the bridge. Traffic is usually light, so you should find ample opportunity to take a photo from the bridge. Late summer and fall rain storms turbocharge the spectacle.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 60.10482
Longitude: -149.435612

Take the Seward Highway south to Seward. Follow the highway south through town (as Third Avenue) until it dead ends at Railway Avenue at the Alaska Sea Life Center. Curve to the right (toward the mountains) as Railway becomes Lowell Point Road. The bridge over Lowell Creek and the waterfall is right there, just past the University of Alaska-Fairbanks marine facility on the shore.