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Difficulty II-III
Length 5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 09/21/2020 5:00 pm

River Description


Eagle River campground on river left, 100 yards above the Glenn Highway Bridge.
(Exit Glenn Highway at Hiland Road/Eagle River Loop Road, drive straight across the intersection, and follow the road 2 miles to the campground. Note that there is a day parking fee of $5 and that the gates close at 10pm.)
Or, ask a local about Âthe free side take-out.


Bravo Bridge on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
A Recreational Access Pass from the Military is required to float this stretch. The requirements for access can be found on the following website:


The Military section of Eagle River is a good after work option for Anchorage area boaters. It offers a long paddling season (from April to October), good on-the-fly surfing, and a good play hole. The rapids are more continuous than the 'Bridge to Bridge' stretch, but more mild than Campground. Wood is always an issue, and tends to accumulate around blind corners below islands and along the banks. High water makes for fun wave trains and some large scattered holes. At low water, more rocks appear, and the river slows down. Times down the river vary from less than 1.5 hours for rafts at high water to 4 hours for playing kayakers.

Passing under the Glenn Highway Bridge, the river takes a large curve to the right, leading to wave trains which continue for about 2 miles. Around a right hand corner (where the first bridge becomes visible), a series of large waves form at high water offering eddy service from the left side, and shallow beach service from the right. Just below this, under the bridge, the left side of the river is taken up by a good hole with good eddy service on the left. Between this bridge and the railroad bridge about 0.5 miles below, the rapids increase about ½ step in difficulty. The river then eases until a sign on the left bank announces the Bravo Bridge take out.

Rapid Descriptions

Put In

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Take Out

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Take out 100 yards past the sign on river left.


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Todd Kelsey
15 years ago

This was recently posted to the KCK listserve:

I went to Fort Richardson today to do the paperwork for Eagle River rafting
this season. Different location, different paperwork. Here is what I

The "Eagle River Boating License" is no more. The $5 fee is gone. No need
to go to building 794. Everything is done at the front gate. No need to be
a KCK member.

The new paperwork is "USAG-AK RECREATIONAL ACCESS PERMIT" combined with
"Fort Richardson USARTRAK" system -- which allows the recreational user to
check in and check out by phone and keeps us informed about base closures.
The access permit is free. It is good for two years.

Hours to obtain an access permit are 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays
and Thursdays, at the Fort Richardson main gate.

It looks like each day you plan to boat the river will require a phone call
to an automated system, entering your permit number, enter number in group,
selecting an area, an activity, checking range closures, entering areas you
will visit. That's to check in. Check out is another phone call and
entering your permit number. A colorful flyer explains all this and gives
a sample phone menu. It might even work. The phone system currently has a
long pause before it gives the next option -- they are trying to speed it

As always, a "U.S. ARMY ALASKA VISITOR/VEHICLE PASS" is required to drive
onto Fort Richardson to the take-out point. This requires a driver's
license, vehicle registration, IM certificate, and insurance card. This is
a single-day pass, so you will have to do this every time.

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Gage Descriptions

Eagle River is gauged by the  National Weather Service at
4' on the gauge is a low flow, 4.5' is a medium flow, and 5.0 is a high flow.
Eagle River is fed by the Eagle Glacier in the Chugach Mountains, and sees a glacial melt high in July and August.

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2012-08-08 Medium Fatality Other Read More




Todd Kelsey




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