Lake Creek River Float

Lake Creek Float Trips are the ultimate adventure. This river is a favorite among river rafters alike. Lake Creek has it all: from fantastic salmon and trout fishing, to a wild ride on class III – IV rapids. The headwater to the float is the spectacular Chelatna Lake tucked into the foothills of Mt. McKinley, and the views of the mountain along the float are almost as spectacular as the fishing.

Alaska River Rafting Trip: Lake Creek

Starting from Chelatna Lake the Lake Creek River is quite mild but soon becomes swift, rocky, and wild. You will encounter rocks and whitewater on the first stretch, which runs 36 miles and has Class I – III. In the midsection you will hit the rock garden and some very exciting rapids up to Class IV.

Short Float Option: The Lake Creek Float can be shortened by pulling out early at Quiet Lake, or starting from Quiet Lake and Floating to the normal PU location.

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Lake Creek Float Trip Details

Lake Creek Map
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Drop Point: Chelatna Lake
N 62o 25.79’ W 151o 23.86’

Pick Up Point: Yentna River
N 61o 54.35’ W 150o 55.03’

River Length: 54 miles

Class of Rapids: I-IV

Average Float Time: 4 – 7 days

Round Trip Cost:
Cessna Cost: $1650
Beaver Cost: $2250

Midpoint Option: Quiet Lake
N 62o 06.81’
W 150o 55.44

Lake Creek Fishing:

Fish SpeciesSeason StartSeason End
Chinook (King) SalmonJune 15thJuly 13th
Sockeye (Red) SalmonJuly 15thAugust 31st
Coho (Silver) SalmonJuly 15thSeptember 10th
Pink (Humpy) Salmonjuly 15thAugust 31st
Rainbow TroutMay 1stOctober 15th
GraylingMay 1stOctober 15th

Lake Creek Facts:

  • Gold prospectors originally came to the Lake Creek area in the earl 1900s
  • It has and average gradient of 23 fpm

Lake Creek Fishing Regulations:

For the most up to date regulations please visit the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game

Lake Creek Maps:

USGS Quads: Talkeetna A-2, A-3, B-3 and Tyonek D-3

Please visit our Alaska Links Page for a link to the USGS Store to purchase these maps.