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Mat-Su Valley Rafting Tours

Embark on an exhilarating adventure through the untamed rivers of the Mat-Su Valley with an unforgettable rafting tour. Navigate whitewater rivers or set off on a calm rafting trip; either way, you’ll be accompanied by expert guides and scenic views. Tours are available on the Matanuska River near Glacier View to the East, or north from Willow or the town of Talkeetna.

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Rafting Tours

Season: May 20 - Sept 15 $99+ 2 hr - Multi-Day

Tal­keet­na Riv­er Guides has offered expert­ly guid­ed raft­ing day trips for over 20 years. Float through the remote wilder­ness of Denali State Park, just a stone’s throw away from Denali Nation­al Park’s wild south side. Choose the two-hour Tal­keet­na Riv­er Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Float Trip, the four-hour Chulti­na Riv­er Raft Tour, or an overnight or mul­ti-day excursion.

Season: May 15 - Sept 15 $79+ per person 3 hrs

Go for a relax­ing 3‑hour float trip down gen­tle Wil­low Creek as you take in the gor­geous scenery of the Alaskan back­coun­try. Depart­ing from Pio­neer Lodge, just off the Parks High­way south of Tal­keet­na, you’ll board a raft with up to 6 oth­ers and an expert guide. Then just kick back, or grab a pad­dle if you like: You can expect easy-glid­ing Class I and II rapids on this gen­tle river.

Season: June 1 - Aug 20 $139+ 3 hrs

If you’re new to white­wa­ter raft­ing or expe­ri­enced in shoot­ing through rapids, Lion’s Head makes for an excit­ing white­wa­ter raft­ing trip. You’ll spend 2.5 hours speed­ing down class II, III, and IV white­wa­ter, either pad­dling your­self or hang­ing on as your guide steers the raft down­stream. All the while, you’ll be pass­ing through gor­geous wilder­ness — wide-open vis­tas with mas­sive rock for­ma­tions — where you’ll have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to look for  ...more

Season: 4-9 hrs $999+ 4 hrs

The sport of pack­raft­ing is a great way to enjoy raft­ing and explore the gor­geous Alaskan wilder­ness. Do it with Alas­ka Heli­copter Tours out of Palmer and you’ll also expe­ri­ence a scenic heli­copter ride and have your choice of half- or full-day trips.

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