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    Looking to do the three canyon raft trip on Six Mile Creek and was wondering what everyone's thought's were on the mentioned guides. Thanks!

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    Chugach Outdoor Center, is The best......

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    My only experience has been with NOVA. The trip I went on had two boats with clients, a safety boat to scoop up swimmers, and the shuttle driver standing by at the knarliest rapids with a throwbag from shore. I'm not sure if the other outfitters provide this level of support, but if I swam in the third canyon I'd feel much better knowing the level of support that was there for me. Of course that's after the fact.....as you go ***** over tea kettle after hitting a huge wave and you're in the air upside down thinking "OMFG, I'm going in" your only concern is getting back in the boat.

    I had a great time, I didn't swim (although 2 guys in the front of my boat did), and the swim/float test at the start and floating the last half mile or so before the takeout in a drysuit is fun.

    Have a blast and post a trip tale!

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    Well for what its worth-- Have known and worked with the owners of both of these companies for close to 30 yr.- whom ever you pick will provide you with State Of The Art Rafts and other expedition quality equipment, experience, safety, and a trip of a lifetime!! safe boating
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    Aren't Chugach Outdoor and Nenana Raft tied together somehow? I thought they had some sort of partnership going. Checking out their websites, I see Nova's prices are a wee bit less.

    I don't know if either of them has a significantly better Sixmile operation, but Chugach Outdoor Center has a permanent location right near the takeout. That might make logistics a bit simpler for their clients. They have all been doing this for a number of years, and have good reliable records for both safety and fun.

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    I had a great trip with NOVA this time last year. It was an awesome float and the service and safety was top notch.

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    Nova is very experienced and safety oriented.

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    Speaking of 6-mile....

    Does someone have a link to the site with the water level gauge? I think it might have been NOAA, but I cant find it now.

    Thanks!

    Oh And another thumbs up for NOVA! Hit it with them in June 08 and plan to do the same this year!

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    Thats it! Thanks Jim!

    Looks like 6-mile is just right! Hope water levels hold until I get back into town in a couple weeks!

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    Between 10' and 10.5' was my favorite level back when I was doing this a lot. Plenty of water for a good thrill, but not so much you loose all the eddies if someone swims.

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