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About Chugach Outdoor Center
Alaska's Best Whitewater Rafting. Located on Alaska's Keani Peninsula, Six Mile Creek is a whitewater paradise 70 miles from Anchorage. Dropping over 50 feet per mile as it flows out of the Chugach Mountains. Six Mile Creek has cut its way through three separate canyons offering Class 4 and Class 5 whitewater. Choose between three different trips departing in the morning and afternoon. We provide all necessary river gear including a full dry suit.
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baje2015 wrote a review Aug 2021
Bridgetown, Barbados30 contributions6 helpful votes
My husband and 2 boys took this trip this summer in august and had a great time. Having only rafted a mild river in jasper previously, we were not expecting the intense prep prior to departure. The dry suits were a new experience for us and the second hand barely there sneakers and helmets were quite the accessories. We were transported to the launch site in a shuttle and then received a stern tutorial as to how to survive falling overboard. We then had to demonstrate our skills by swimming across the river, floating downstream on our back, swimming to the raft, getting pulled in by a fellow rafter and then pulling in the next swimmer. After that we were divided into our groups and set off following the guides paddle instructions. Took us a few minutes to get coordinated but it was fun to work together and feel that we were contributing to the control of the raft. Was happy for the helmet after smacking into my sons head on the first rapid and very grateful for his quick thinking when he saved me from going over on the next rapid. (Damn that lack of core strength 😊). We opted out Of the last canyon since that was a class 5 and I felt sure I would be going for a swim. It was great fun overall and an exciting way to start our Alaska trip.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Amber T wrote a review Aug 2021
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We rafted the first two canions, and it was, not only the best part of this vacation, but may actually be the best time I have ever had on vacation. The canions are exciting and dangerous, and exactly what we were looking for. My three siblings and I rafted along with our aunt. The four of us siblings hadn’t been together since our dad’s funeral 13 years ago. We chose this activity as a family team building exercise, and we haven’t stopped talking about it since. That was over a week ago. In addition to the canions, the guides were experienced and personable. I can’t say enough good things about them. We were half an hour late, holding up the entire group, and our guides only nicely encouraged us to “move like we’re half an hour late” when we were dawdling. Our aunt fell overboard twice and our guide, Greg, was able to pull her back in the raft each time, single handedly, while simultaneously giving us commands and keeping the raft under control. To top all that, Chugach Outdoor takes pictures of the rafters while they’re going downstream and sells the pictures at the end of the trip. Our mother was on shore taking photos the entire time, and the Chugach photographer actually showed her where the best spots were to take pictures! The trip was absolutely amazing. We will do this every time we’re in Alaska.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Ronald B wrote a review Aug 2021
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We did the three canyon run. Not our fist time white water rafting but definately the most challenging and most difficult. Safety is a prime concern. There was just enough calm water between the rapids to make it a very pleasant trip, and always something just around the bend.
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Catherine S wrote a review Aug 2021
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Fantastic experience! We have only done a little white water rafting, but we had a fantastic guide and so many safety measures in place that we always felt safe. It was exciting and so fun. And the scenery is just gorgeous, too. I also appreciate that the shuttle rides were 15 minutes or less, both ways. Definitely wear the thermals that they recommend, and we popped into the hot tub after for a great finish.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Erin B wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York81 contributions77 helpful votes
Well that was an experience!! We have been rafting in many places over the world and in the U.S., including doing a 7m waterfall in New Zealand. Nothing we have done matched the intensity of this tour! Both of us feel comfortable rafting and in the water. We have been trained on rafting rescue. We have never flipped, much less fallen out of a raft. I knew this tour would be different so I felt apprehension despite our experiences. The safety talk before the raft was the most comprehensive briefing we heard, but it also inspired so much confidence in the guides - they are very well trained and know what to do to keep your safe. There was a guide, Tommy, whose purpose was to row along your rafts in the canyons and rescue anyone who fell out if needed (Spoilers! He rescued my husband). They super prepare you for how to rescue yourself if you fall out and I felt perfectly safe with the guides. The swim test is a bit daunting but you are well prepared for it and is a good measure to help you know what you are capable of. For example, I was fine for the first part of the test but had to be rope rescued (which was actually quite fun) for the second part where you need to swim to the raft. Based on that I knew the third canyon was probably not a good fit. However, I had so much fun with the first two canyons which were the most intense of my life. We flipped all the way at the end of the second raft. Our guide Greg got the raft flipped back and us inside in no time. I came out smiling but had enough thrills for the day and sat out the third canyon. The option to decide to skip the last canyon and get refunded is so appreciated because you can really focus on safety / knowing your limits without feeling pressure. The company understands that the point of this tour is to have fun and stay safe and not to put yourself in a situation you are not comfortable with. My husband continued to the third canyon. He fell out two more times and came back with only one shoe. He was also beaming having had the time of his life! This was hands down one of his favorite tours. Big shout out to Dawn from the office who was wonderful to communicate with, our fearless guide Greg, and to Tommy. It was privilege rafting with this company. I would love to come back some day and tackle that third canyon!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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