Paradise Creek, Kenai Fjords National Park

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 8 Comments

Paradise Creek, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Paradise Creek, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Thanks to some challenging water crossings, this area gets few, if any visitors in the summer.  I have skied up here in the winter, and thought the area was beautiful, but have never been able to get up here in the summer.  Thanks to some low water levels, Janine and I along with some friends of ours were finally able to get up here yesterday  for some scouting.

I think the area has some real potential.  I love the clear water, something you don’t see much of around here thanks to the numerous glaciers.  Glacier rivers tend to be very muddy looking thanks to the silt.  This is looking up an unnamed valley where an unnamed creek flows in from the right.  Paradise Creek is coming in from the left.  We were able to make it another mile or two before steep cliffs and swift water blocked our progress.  It was a great day!  And now I know it is a place worth returning to for good light!

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  1. Beautiful Ron! I flew up paradise valley a few weeks ago with a friend. It was spectacular! I think you could land with a float plane on upper or lower Paradise lake and they both have Forest Service cabins on them. I am sure you would get some fabulous pictures…something to think about anyway!

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    Thanks Dennis – you know I worry more about my camera then myself!

    Hi Richard – yeah that water was pretty cold!

    Hey Julie, great to hear from you!

    I have flew over that area many years ago – I agree, it is stunning! I have looked at renting one of those cabins before, but haven’t done it – maybe this summer. Great suggestion.

    I should point out that this is a different Paradise Valley. This is the valley you can see as you look South from the Exit Glacier viewpoint – the viewpoint by the Resurrection River. It is confusing having two Paradise Valleys in this area.

    Thanks again,


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  4. Awsome picture! I’ve been thinking about checking out that valley for a while now. It sounds like I won’t make much headway but its all good. how many miles up did you go before getting blocked?

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