Region 4 (east)

Whitewater Classification

Class I

Known Hazards

Short section of shallow water below Alexander Lake.


Floatplane from Anchorage or Willow to Alexander Lake, or via powerboat from the Ship Creek boat launch in Anchorage, or via powerboat from Deshka Landing on the Susitna River.

Land Managers

National Park Service, private

Additional Resources

Alaska Fishing, by Gunnar Pedersen and Rene Limeres
Alaska River Guide, by Karen Jettmar


Alexander Creek is one of the most popular fishing and hunting rivers in Southcentral Alaska. From its source at Alexander Lake, Alexander Creek flows southeast about 40 miles to meet the Susitna River. The terrain around the lake is flat, and views of the Alaska Range, including Mount McKinley (Denali), are excellent.
In addition to Alexander Lake Lodge, which lies on the south end of the lake, a half-dozen cabins are scattered around the lakeshore. A platform at the southeast end of the lake provides a dry area for inflating rafts. Otherwise, there is little dry ground on public land near the lake's outlet. Three sites are used informally by campers on private lands around the lake.
Alexander Creek is 1 to 5 feet deep and from 50 to 200 feet wide with an average gradient of 3-5 feet per mile. It meanders through spruce, birch, and cottonwood forest, often between high banks or through willow thickets and tall grasses, so scenic vistas below the lake are generally poor. Motorboats are not allowed from Creek Miles 23 to 38,3 (almost to Alexander Lake) from May 15 to August 20.
There are no public facilities on Alexander Creek. Campsite selection is fair at low water levels when gravel bars are exposed, however rains can quickly raise the water level, forcing campers out into shoreline vegetation where campsite selection is poor. A lodge is available at Alexander Lake, complete with guest cabins and other amenities. A limited number of lodge operations exist in the lower river near the confluence with the Susitna River.
Alexander Creek is a popular river for anglers, particularly for King and Coho salmon. It also offers some opportunities for grayling. The upper reaches are scenic, with views of the Alaska Range. Class I water encourages high use by beginning floaters. The lower reaches contain native archaeological sites, historic roadhouses, and the Iditarod Trail.
The area is also home to brown / grizzly bear, black bear, moose, wolf and other indigeneous wildlife species. 
Firearms are permitted on Alexander Creek, and many floaters bring along a firearm for protection against bears.