Lowe River

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 61 ° 5' 28" N, 146 ° 15' 48" W
  • Region: Valdez
  • Nearest City: Valdez
  • Length: 28 mi / 45.06 km
  • Tributary to: Port Valdez


Getting There
The Lowe River follows along the Richardson Highway near Valdez.

heads in Deserted Glacier, flows W 28 mi. to head of Port Valdez, 1.6 mi. S of Valdez; Chugach Mts.
The Lowe River heads in Marshall Pass and primarily Deserted Glacier about 20 miles east of Valdez. It soon flows through Heiden Canyon then opens to a valley when joined by Bench Creek. It then flow mostly calm and relatively shallow for a few miles until it enters Keystone Canyon. While flowing through the Keystone Canyon the river becomes swift and deep. Upon exiting the canyon it widens out and flows as braided river the remaining 12 miles where it enters Port Valdez.

Lowe River is navigable by raft, kayak, packraft, and inflatable canoe. Some areas are navigable by canoe and airboat.

Naming: Named by Captain W. R. Abercrombie, USA, in 1898, for Lieutenant Percival G. Lowe, a member of his exploring party.


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