Six Mile Creek is a 10 mile watercourse with some of the most exhilarating whitewater rafting in Alaska. The creek is located in the northeastern section of Kenai Peninsula Borough, just across from the Municipality of Anchorage. The Creek begins at the top of Turnagain Pass adjacent to Seward Highway. Bertha Creek and Granite Creek connect to become Six Mile Creek. The Creek flows past the small town of Sunrise along Hope Highway. Whitewater enthusiasts have been testing their skills on the Creek for over 20 years. Commercial whitewater operations are required to obtain permits from the U.S. Forest Service. As water levels change the peaceful little creek can quickly change to a violent Class V river. Unfortunately, there have been some fatalities over the years so extreme caution is to be exercised before attempting to challenge the river. The Creek drops over 50 feet per mile as it courses out of the Chugach Mountains. Safely running the river's constricted corridors takes a synchronized team effort with technical and careful paddling.
There are less intense sections of Six Mile Creek where paddlers can take in the splendid beauty of the surrounding canyons and the cascading waterfalls pouring down the side of the valley. Six Mile Creek was mined for gold during the early 1900s and still has a many active claims mined to this day.