Originating at the terminus of the Matanuska Glacier, this family-friendly float is a great way to see the glacier and the river valley formed by that glacier. You’ll launch near the terminus of the Matanuska Glacier, where the river flows out from under the ice, then float downstream for up to 2 hours, looking for wildlife and soaking up the amazing scenery: big mountains, wide-open braided river channels, forested hillsides, and old glacier moraines.
The trip is splashy and swift, but it’s suitable age 5 and up. NOVA River Runners even provides rain gear and rubber boots to keep you warm and dry. And it’s all just a 90-miute drive from Anchorage along the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway.
NOVA also has a whitewater rafting trip, Lion Head Run, which offers an equally scenic trip adjacent to the glacier and with several miles of rapids that will get the adrenaline pumping.
NOVA has been professionally guiding trips for more than 30 years. Whether you and your family are looking for a scenic float, or you want to take the kids on their first whitewater run, NOVA makes it easy to participate.
Owner Chuck Spaulding loves this area so much that he based his company out here. From the earliest first descents of challenging whitewater runs to perfecting riverside photos and campfires, he’s constantly refining his trips. And NOVA has the highest standards of safety, from river-rescue training for the guides to boat and gear options suited for changing river levels. So you can kick back and enjoy the scenic float, or dig in for the whitewater.