Six Mile Creek

Alaska's Premier Whitewater River Rafting Trip

Class IV-V Whitewater

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Six Mile Creek
Trip Type: Half Day Whitewater River Raft
Season: May 21 - Sep 11 (depends on water levels)
Start Time: 9:00 am & 2:00 pm check-in
Duration: 3 hours (2 canyons) 4.5 hours (3 canyons)
Location: Kenai Peninsula near Hope Road and Seward Highway intersection.
River Grade: Class IV-V Whitewater
Age Limit: - 12 years for 2 canyon - 16 years for 3 canyon
Price: $99/ person - 2 canyons
$149/ person - 3 canyons
+ $5.40 / person National Forest Fee
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You will need your own transportation to get to our check-in location. This will provide you with the flexibility to visit special locations like Hope or Cooper Landing before or after your trip with us. The spectacular drive from Anchorage is along the Seward Highway "National Scenic Byway".

Rental cars are now available in Whittier and Seward for pre and post cruise customers.

Whittier - Avis 907-472-2277
Seward - Hertz 800-654-3131

Visit Hope!

Since your close. Why not drive 16 miles down the Hope Road and visit this charming Alaskan community we call home in the summer. You’ll find great hikes, good fishing, interesting history, museum, historical cabins, great food, libations, live music and accomodations.

Six Mile Creek, Alaska's most challenging class IV and V whitewater rafting trip was pioneered by NOVA!

Alaska’s premier whitewater raft trip, and one of the best in North America. If you enjoy an adrenalin rush and physically immersing yourself in engaging challenges then this trip is for you. We've enjoyed guiding many like minded adventurers on this very special river since introducing it as a commercial trip in 1987. It will leave you full of exciting experiences, and the desire to come back again.

There are three canyons, each progressively more challenging with narrow routes, steep drops, beautiful pools, and adrenaline pumping rapids all in a gorgeous semi-rain forest. We offer two trip options: The 2 Canyon Run with predominately class IV rapids or The 3 Canyon Run which includes class V rapids in the third and final canyon. Both trips include a fun mandatory practice river swim before the start to help demystify the experience of self rescue and a popular swim after the rapids! All river gear provided including full dry-suits to wear over your clothing. Under permit with Chugach National Forest for 28 years.

"I want to take this opportunity to tell you what a great time we had on your Talkeetna River trip. Your guides were superbly skilled in maneuvering through the canyon rapids which immediately allowed us to enjoy the excitement of the whitewater. Having participated in numerous commercial and private river trips, we were most impressed with your guide’s skills and the quality of your equipment."

Kevin Dickson, Flor

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River ClassificationsX

So you can better understand the classification of rivers and decide whether it will be suitable for you, we have listed the six classes as provided by the American Whitewater Affiliation, along with our professional opinion and policy for suitability. (Please note: these descriptions and ratings listed for individual rivers, can vary considerably with differing water levels. Please use the ratings as a general guideline only).

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Class I

Easy. Fast-moving water with riffles and small waves. Suitable for anyone age 5 and older, including the physically challenged.


Class II

Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily avoided. Suitable for same as class I.


Class III

Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid. Large waves and strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Injuries while swimming are rare. Suitable for those who don't mind getting a little wet, otherwise same as class I and II.


Class IV

Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passagesdemanding fast maneuvers under pressure. risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self rescue difficult. Suitable for those 12 and older, in good physical condition, and comfortable with the remote prospect of swimming for self rescue. With NOVA's experienced guides, this level is recommended for first-timers as well as those with prior experience.


Class V

Obstructed or very violent rapids which expose a participant to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, conjested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. Suitable for those who are comfortable with water, able to swim and in good physical condition. NOVA requires all participants to engage in a supervised practice self rescue river swim ( with lifejacket and dry suit, of course) before the trip to help demistyfy the experience. Minimum age 16 years.


Class VI

These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty. Experts only! Rescues may be impossible. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.