Kroto Creek, Moose Creek, and Deshka River

Anchorage, Alaska

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Beginning at Kroto Lake, Kroto Creek flows south through forested hills, flats, and wetlands to meet Moose Creek, forming the Deshka River. Kroto Creek meanders and twists freely across the Susitna Valley, roughly paralleling the Susitna River, providing paddlers an opportunity to explore a stream free of powerboats. Moose Creek begins at a small unnamed lake several miles east of Kroto Creek and flows roughly parallel to that creek for about 40 miles before the two join to become the Deshka. The upper reaches of Kroto and Moose creeks offer rolling hills and forested flatlands. The Deshka meanders southward with many shallow riffles and mid-channel gravel bars over the course of nearly 30 miles before entering the Susitna River about 8 miles southwest of Willow. For most of its course, it traverses rich wetlands. In open areas on the river, enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains. The river is darkish in color from the tannins draining off wetlands. Many camps, buildings, and docks lie below Neil Lake. the mouth of the Deshka is very congested from late May to mid-June, when the salmon are running. The Deshka offers excellent fishing in an accessible, moderately developed river corridor. If you want to avoid the congested lower river, take out at Neil Lake.

Kroto Creek, Moose Creek, and Deshka River Professional Review and Guide

"Beginning at Kroto Lake, Kroto Creek flows south through forested hills, flats, and wetlands to meet Moose Creek, forming the Deshka River. Kroto Creek meanders and twists freely across the Susitna Valley, roughly paralleling the Susitna River, providing paddlers an opportunity to explore a stream free of powerboats. Moose Creek begins at a small unnamed lake several miles east of Kroto Creek and flows roughly parallel to that creek for about 40 miles before the two join to become the Deshka. The upper reaches of Kroto and Moose creeks offer rolling hills and forested flatlands.

The Deshka meanders southward with many shallow riffles and mid-channel gravel bars over the course of nearly 30 miles before entering the Susitna River about 8 miles southwest of Willow. For most of its course, it traverses rich wetlands. In open areas on the river, enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains. The river is darkish in color from the tannins draining off wetlands. Many camps, buildings, and docks lie below Neil Lake. the mouth of the Deshka is very congested from late May to mid-June, when the salmon are running. The Deshka offers excellent fishing in an accessible, moderately developed river corridor. If you want to avoid the congested lower river, take out at Neil Lake."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 35
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 days
Class: Class I
Season: June through August
Local Contacts: Kroto Creek/ Moose Creek State Recreation River; Matanuska-Susitna Borough; private.
Driving Directions: Directions to Kroto Creek, Moose Creek, and Deshka River

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