Information About

Lowe River

Quick Facts

Open in The Map Lowe River on The Map


61 ° 5' 28" N,
146 ° 15' 48" W



Nearest City


Tributary to

Port Valdez


28 mi (45.06 km)


Rafting, White Water Kayaking

Lowe River in Detail.

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 primarily fed by 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 flows 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.

Through much of winter the Lowe from Keystone Canyon back, freezes over. Past the canyon most of the river remains open and flowing but water levels are low there are many places to cross on snowmachine. That being said there are still deep pools so be mindful where you cross. In April the river clears of ice and while the glaciers remain frozen up high the water remains clear. In late May as the glaciers high up begin to melt the river turns milky grey with glacier silt.

Some salmon will run the Lowe but not large numbers. Red salmon can be found in clear springs and wetlands off the Lowe in September and October.


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

Lowe River Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Lowe River.

Places Near Lowe River

Sawmill Spit,


Washbowl Basin,


Jackson Point,




Valdez Glacier Campground Wall, Lookout Rock, Panorama Point,


Solomon Gulch Dam A, Solomon Gulch Dam B, Solomon Lake Dam,


Duck Flats,


Camicia Glacier, G-g-g-g-g Glacier, Johnson Glacier, Mineral Creek Glacier, Silver Glacier, Valdez Glacier,


Wowie Zowie,


Ammunition Island, Mineral Creek Islands,


Allison Lake, Crater Lake, Deep Lake, Robe Lake, Solomon Gulch Lake, Solomon Lake, Valdez Glacier Lake,


Airport Chute, Area 51, Cabell Chute, Chuck Chute, Chuck Junior, Delta Chute, Grant Chute, Jago Chute, Lookout Bowl, Lucky 13, Runner's Delight, Sentinel, Sheepshead Chute, Tombstone Wall,


Prospectors Peak, Abercrombie Mountain, Mount Denson, Mount Francis, Mount Kate, Mummy Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, West Peak,


Benzene, Bob's Knob, Comstock, Embick, High Back, Snow Dome, Titan Chair,


Lowe River, Robe River,


Lazy Days, No Floss Necessary, Route number 1, Route number 3, Trim the Bush, Wet Finish,


Dragon's Teeth, Route number 2,


Abercrombie Creek, Allison Creek, Brevier Creek, Cameron Creek, Camicia Creek, Canyon Slough, Corbin Creek, Crooked Creek, Dayville Creek, East Fork Mineral Creek, Glacier Creek, Goat Creek, Gold Creek, Horsetail Creek, Mineral Creek, Salmon Creek, Sawmill Creek, Slater Creek, Valdez Glacier Stream, Wood Creek,


Area 51 Access Trail, Dayville Power Line Trail, Dock Point Trail, Mount Francis Winter Trail, High School Hill, High School Hill to Summit Trail, High School Hill Water Tower Trail, Hogsback Trail, Homestead Trail, John Hunter Memorial Trail, Levee to Valdez Glacier Trail, Lost Toque Trail, Mineral Creek East Trail, Mineral Creek Stamp Mill Trail, Mineral Creek West Trail, Northern Robe Lake Trail, River Drive Trail, Robe River Hogsback Access Trail, Shoup Bay Trail, Solomon Gulch Valdez Overlook Spur, Southern Robe Lake Trail, Valdez Bike Path, Valdez Overlook Trail,


Abercrombie Gulch, Goat Gully, Solomon Gulch, Sulphide Gulch,


Old Valdez,