Points of Interest
To start the primary Class II and III run, drive the Glenn to mile 102 and head south on the steep road to the Glacier Park Bridge over the Matanuska. From here it is a 5‑mile section of Class II+ river to the confluence with Hick’s Creek where the river picks up steam and becomes Class III+ with some giant flip holes to miss and wave trains to be straight for.
Take out at the main bridge of the Glenn Highway where it crosses.
To get to the Lion’s Head run, drive the Glenn to mile 107 where the highway crosses Caribou Creek and where there are roads down to the creek and float two miles of Caribou Creek.
From Anchorage, it is only an hour drive to where the river can be accessed. To get on the East Fork, which is mainly a kayak trip, take the Glenn Highway to the Tahneta Pass area to the west of Eureka. At mile 118.6 take a dirt road to the south and travel towards the radio tower facility for 2.8 miles, park at the small turnout and hike down hill to the river.
A take out is at the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer after about 54 miles, and is just upstream of the bridge on river right.