Denali Southside River Guides Byers Lake Tours & Rentals

Denali Southside River Guides  (1:29)

Most visitors coming to Alaska aim for a trip to “Denali”. This year the South entrance to Denali National Park makes a soft grand opening. A much shorter distance than North National Park entrance, with even more impressive views of Denali, the Southside shares the same wildlife and wilderness.

This tour operator, based in Denali State Park, offers guided lake kayaking and river rafting trips through the Southside’s scenic waterways. Canoe & kayak rentals (for the more adventurous) are also offered on Byers Lake.

Choose From Three Experiences:

Byers Lake Paddle Trips

Gliding around this lake in Denali State Park offers epic views of the mountains of Alaska Range, towering above the water. You start this tour by meeting your guides at Byers Lake, or by being picked up at McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. They will provide you with everything you need to enjoy your tour and only carry the highest quality of gear. Beginners Welcome!: the sit-on-top-style ocean kayaks are nicely stable and easy to maneuver—even more so than canoes. Once you’ve had a quick primer from your guide on paddling, you’ll get out on the water and enjoy life at your own pace. There is usually plenty of wildlife—from the resident trumpeter swans and loons to river otters and beavers. You might even see eagles, moose, or the occasional bear. Look down into the water and you’ll see why the bears do like it here: all 5 species of salmon migrate through the lake to spawn each year and you can paddle right up for an up close view of the hundreds of salmon the majority of the summer season.

Kayak, Canoe, Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

You can rent a kayak or canoe for a couple of hours, and paddle around Byer’s Lake on your own. This is a great option for the more adventurous souls. Rentals come with a boat, paddle, and life-vest, as well as a brief orientation to the lake and safety instruction.

Shuttle for Kesugi Ridge Trail in Denali State Park

Denali Southside also offers shuttle service to Byers Lake and the 25 miles of hiking trails along Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll no doubt share the sentiments of many of their clients,… “it’s an incredible rain-or-shine experience in the Alaskan wilderness with wildlife, mountain scenery, and priceless peacefulness”.

About Denali Southside River Guides

Denali Southside River Guides was established in 2002 with the goal of providing an opportunity for more people to experience the pristine wilderness of the Southside of Denali National Park. Shelis and Craig are resident Alaskans and well-versed in the history and culture of the area. There team of local guides all share a passion for Alaska. There services offer easy accessibility to a bit of ‘untouched’ wilderness right off the road.

From their base at Byers Lake in Denali State Park, Denali Southside River Guides offers guided kayak­ing tours and kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board rentals as well as a trailhead shut­tle ser­vice along the 25 miles of hik­ing trails in Denali State Park along Kesu­gi Ridge.

Sit-On-Top Kayak Trips on Byers Lake

Byers Lake, in Denali State Park, is just an hour drive north of Talkeetna about the half way point to Denali National Park. Drive yourself, or request a pick up from the McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Denali Southside will provide you with everything you need to enjoy your tour and they carry only the highest quality gear. The sit-on-top-style kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver. Each tour begins with brief paddle instructions to get you on your way. They enjoy frequent wildlife encounters from resident trumpeter swans and loons to river otters, beavers, moose, and the occasional bear looking for a cool spot to swim and a hearty snack of Salmon or other fish. Byers Lake hosts all 5 species of salmon which migrate through the lake to spawn each year so you can get up close and view hundreds of salmon in the lakes crystal clear waters. Plan 2.5 to 3 hours for the tour, with 1.5 to 2 hours spent on the water. Tours depart daily at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm daily.

Kayak, Canoe, Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

Rather go out exploring on your own? You can rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board hourly or overnight (if camping at Byers Lake) and paddle the lakes on your own. Rentals include boat, paddle, and life-vest, out-riggers are optional for canoes. A brief orientation to the lake and safety instruction is personal and delivered to all guests.

Shuttle for Kesugi Ridge Trail in Denali State Park

Denali Southside also offers a trailhead shuttle service from Byers Lake to trailheads along the 25 miles long Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park.

About Denali Southside River Guides

Denali Southside River Guides was established in 2002 with the goal of providing an opportunity for more people to experience the pristine wilderness of the south side of Denali. Shelis and Craig are resident Alaskans and well-versed in the history and culture of the area. Their team of local guides all share a passion for Alaska. Their services offer easy accessibility to a bit of ‘untouched’ wilderness right off the road.

If you find yourself in Talkeetna, look them up for a guided kayak tour or rental on X Lake from the Talkeetna Lakes Park.

Getting There

Byers Lake Campground
Mile 146.5 Parks Highway
Trapper Creek, AK 99683
Talkeetna Lakes Park Day Use Area
Milepost 13 Talkeetna Spur Rd
Talkeetna, AK 99676

Byers Lake: Turn at Mile 145.6 of the Parks Highway into the Byers Lake Campground.

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Prices & Dates

Season Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
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Denali Southside River Guides Byers Lake Tours & Rentals