NOVA Alaska Guides (Seward Highway - Six Mile Creek)

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Six Mile Creek is one of the most famous—and most challenging—whitewater runs in the entire state of Alaska. Your heart will be pounding and your muscles burning as you paddle through rapids called “Big Rock Drop,” “Suckhole,” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”

It’s a thrilling river, and no company has been guiding it longer than NOVA, having pioneered this trip almost 50 years ago! Their professional guides navigate this challenging stretch of Class IV and Class V whitewater with the highest standards in safety. Their focus and attention to detail is unmatched, using shore-based throw bag personnel and two safety boats on every trip.

Options for Your Trip

You can choose to run two or three canyons; the longer trip takes you through the third canyon and a couple of Class V rapids. NOVA guides will outfit you with a dry-suit to wear over your clothes, helmet, life jacket, and river booties (wear warm fleece or wool underneath the dry suit). Then you’ll practice river swimming to help demystify the experience river swimming and self-rescue.

People in an inflatable raft race down a whitewater river.

Six Mile Creek is one of the most challenging and exciting whitewater runs in Alaska.

The river gets progressively more challenging with each canyon, and your guide ensures that everyone is ready for the excitement ahead. Depending on river conditions and your team’s performance.

Experienced Guides

All of NOVA’s guides are experienced professionals. Many of them spend the winter working as heli-ski guides, so they’re superb athletes who live for the challenge of adventure and the rewards these sports give their clients. Work with them to thread the needle on tight rapids, dodge big rocks, recover in the clear pools, then dig in for the next stretch of whitewater.

At the end, you’ll look back on this run as a huge accomplishment, and probably be ready to hit it again.

Chuck Spaulding

I really love my home area. I feel it rivals many worldly locations for its dramatic scenery. Then we take them on the whitewater or a glacier, and that’s a whole other level.
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Getting There

Latitude: 60.782546
Longitude: -149.430912
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season June 1 - August 20
Duration 2+ hrs
Rates 2 Canyons // 2+ hrs | $139/person | Check in times at 9:00am & 2:00pm
3 Canyons // 3+ hrs | $215/person | Check in times at 9:00am & 2:00pm
Notes Must be 12 years old for the 2 canyon trip and 16 years old for the 3 canyon trip.
Please see website for trip limitations (Age, weight, height)

NOVA Alaska Guides (Seward Highway - Six Mile Creek)

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