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There are so many amazing adventures to be had in Alaska. So why should you go Alaska whitewater rafting or calm water rafting?
Alaska rafting puts you right in the middle of nature, giving you up-close views of Alaska's wildlife.and its unique topography. Glaciers have carved U-shaped valleys and channels that move swiftly through the landscape. It also gives you an up-close look at wildlife.
Even a first-timer can experience advanced Alaska whitewater runs. Because of the high level of professionalism and experience in Alaska's river guides, you needn't have gone rafting before to enjoy it.
Dollar for dollar, rafting is one of Alaska's best values. A basic 2-3 hour Alaska whitewater rafting trip or scenic float could cost between $50-85, versus $175 or more for a 1.5-hour flightseeing trip, or $450 or more for a full-day bear-viewing safari.
Rafting was used by those trying to make it upriver to the goldfields at the turn of the century. Sure, today's rafts are made of advanced vinyls and not the hand-hewn log rafts of yesteryear. But people moved through the country by water looking for gold, to go hunting, or to migrate to new, richer areas. And it's easy to imagine yourself as a pioneer while traveling this way.
Prime areas for rafting include:
When planning a rafting trip, make sure you pick the right style for you. There are two basic types:
Discover Alaska’s glaciers close-up on one of Chugach Adventures’ Spencer Lake tours. Two popular options get you off the main roads and into the backcountry – by train and a raft or canoe. Your trip begins with a scenic ride on Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery train, which runs from Anchorage, Girdwood, and other pick-up points along the railbelt. Enjoy a beautiful ride down Turnagain Arm and the Placer River Valley and into remoter areas of Alaska that you can’t get to by car. Disembark at the Spencer Glacier Whistlestop, and gear up for an exploration of the iceberg-choked Spencer Lake and points beyond.
Discover Alaska’s glaciers close-up on one of Chugach Adventures’ Spencer Lake…
June 1 through Mid-September
River floats offer an ever-changing view of Alaska’s scenery, with ample chances for spotting wildlife. Combine that with a view from on high and you’ve got the best of both worlds. Chugach Adventures has partnered with Alaska Alpine Air to design an amazing helicopter ride/river float combo.
River floats offer an ever-changing view of Alaska’s scenery, with ample chances for…
Alaska Wildland Adventures pioneered floating the mellow, turquoise Kenai River and has operated continuously since 1977. Join them for a serene 2-hour float, or take on a 7-hour adventure, complete with fun Class II+ rapids and a cruise through a glacial lake. AWA's Kenai River Scenic Float Trip offers a nice introduction to the river, taking you along a stretch of the scenic Upper Kenai closed to motorized boats. Watch for wildlife as your guide navigates you through the mountain scenery of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska Wildland Adventures pioneered floating the mellow, turquoise Kenai River and has…
Toll Free: 800-478-4100
Mid-May through Mid-September
Alaska’s Portage Valley is the closest spot to Anchorage for learning about and seeing the dramatic beauty of its glaciers. Girdwood-based Chugach Adventures has designed an all-day, all-ages tour that combines the best this valley has to offer: wildlife, informative exhibits, a scenic river float, and a tasty salmon-bake – not to mention all the amazing views along the way.
Alaska’s Portage Valley is the closest spot to Anchorage for learning about and seeing…
Six Mile Creek is one of the most famous—and most challenging—whitewater runs in the entire state of Alaska. Your heart will be pounding and your muscles burning as you paddle through rapids called “Big Rock Drop,” “Suckhole,” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Six Mile Creek is one of the most famous—and most challenging—whitewater runs in…
Phone: (800) 746-5753
Join us as we drift downstream through one of the world's most beautiful freshwater salmon fisheries, passing gravel bars left by a glacial flood, migrating salmon, brown bears, and human fishers as you float on by.
Imagine blasting through a giant wave and paddling down the powerful Nenana River in your own…
Toll Free: 1-888-303-1925
Glide down the glacially fed Nenana River right outside Denali National Park and you'll see the Alaskan wilderness from a new perspective. Denali Outdoor Center’s trips let you go smooth and mild or rough and wild.
Glide down the glacially fed Nenana River right outside Denali National Park and you'll…
Explore Denali offers several tours, with something for all activity levels. Best of all, they're all small-group tours, so you'll get to spend plenty of time with the company's trained naturalists. You can take a guided raft trip down the Nenana River, pedal the trails by bike, or participate in a guided hike.
Explore Denali offers several tours, with something for all activity levels. Best of all,…
Toll Free: 1-800-276-7234
Float through the remote wilderness of Denali State Park with the company that has offered expertly guided rafting day trips for the past 16 years. You’ll get breathtaking views of glacial moraines, boulder fields, granite canyons, and sparkling hematite beaches. Wildlife abounds in this spectacular country, and it's quite common to see eagles, bears, fox, wolf, lynx, beavers, and moose, as well as many species of birds and fish. Choose a two-hour, four-hour, or full-day float trip.
Float through the remote wilderness of Denali State Park with the company that has offered…
This tour operates out of Talkeetna, a town known for having some of the best views of Mt. McKinley. This family-owned business employs only Alaskan guides, limits its groups to small sizes, and focuses on taking visitors to places they wouldn't go otherwise. Float quietly downstream, looking for wildlife and enjoying the quiet and solitude of the wilderness. You’ll find a variety of tours, depending on your river-rafting appetite.
This tour operates out of Talkeetna, a town known for having some of the best views of Mt.…
Whether you want whitewater or a mellow float trip, the expert guides of NOVA River Runners can take you on a memorable journey. Glacier Run is an incredibly scenic float trip that starts at a glacier terminus. It’s just a 90 minute drive from Anchorage along the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. The Lion Head Run offers an equally scenic trip adjacent to the glacier and with several miles of rapids that will get the adrenaline pumping.
Whether you want whitewater or a mellow float trip, the expert guides of NOVA River Runners…
Explore the famed Copper River Basin with guides who can take you on a mild river float, a wild ride over Class III and IV rapids, or a fishing adventure in some of the most renowned fishing spots in the state. Alaska River Wrangellers is the only Copper River Basin outfitter with certified, professionally trained guides. Their priority is helping you have a safe and fun adventure exploring this amazing and rugged part of Alaska.
Explore the famed Copper River Basin with guides who can take you on a mild river float, a…
The focus of the 3.5-hour Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip is great views of the namesake glacier, which is 1.5 miles wide, 150 feet high, and the most famous part of the massive Juneau Icefield that even John Muir once raved about. Glide along the iceberg-studded lake and scope out the glacier, getting up-close views of hanging glaciers and towering peaks. Keep an eye out for birds nesting in the rocky cliffs, as well as otters, seals, black bears, and bald eagles.
The focus of the 3.5-hour Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip is great views of the namesake…
Toll Free: 1-800-323-5757
On the north side of the park along the edge of the Chena River, sits Alaska Outdoor Rentals & Guides providing one of Fairbanks’ few, outdoor family adventure activities. Alaska Outdoors rents kayaks, canoes, and bicycles for half-days, a day, or by the week. In addition, they outfits adventurers and hunters for wilderness, fly-in trips, they have a retail store for More...
On the north side of the park along the edge of the Chena River, sits Alaska Outdoor Rentals & Guides providing one of Fairbanks’ few, outdoor family adventure activities. Alaska Outdoors rents kayaks, canoes, and bicycles for half-days, a day, or by the week. In addition, they outfits adventurers and hunters for wilderness, fly-in trips, they have a retail store for paddling More...
Phone: (907) 457-2453