Talkeetna River Guides has offered expertly guided rafting day trips for the past 16 years. Float through the remote wilderness of Denali State Park, just a stone's throw away from Denali National Park's wild south side, with 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.
Talkeetna River Tour
The two-hour Talkeetna River Natural History Float Trip explores the lower Talkeetna, a glacier-fed waterway steeped in pioneer history. The launch point is just 10 minutes from Talkeetna, perfect for visitors staying in town. Your guides are versed in describing the flora, fauna, and scenery along the way. You’ll stop to visit two active bald eagles' nests, see beaver dams, and look for bear tracks —all before joining the mighty Susitna River for the loop back to Talkeetna. On clear days, the Susitna offers a stunning view of McKinley and the entire Alaska Range, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to take photos.
Chulitna River Tour
The four-hour Chulitna River Raft Tour is a favorite of guests staying at the McKinley Princess Lodge, just 5 minutes from the launch point. Rafting down 19 miles of river, through pristine wildlands of Denali State Park (and the borderlands of Denali National Park) on your way back to Talkeetna, you will take in scenery most folks only read about or see on TV. McKinley and the entire Alaska Range provide a spectacular backdrop throughout the tour. On clear days, the photo opportunities are unparalleled. This remote portion of the river is prime bald eagle, bear, salmon, and moose habitat.
East Fork, Chulitna River Multi-Day Trip
Talkeetna River Guides will transport you to the launch site on the wild and scenic Chulitna River. You will float in remote and clear streams with only a small whitewater section, and a pristine wilderness area at the river's edge will serve as your overnight camp. Wildlife sightings are common during this trip. Be on the lookout for bears, moose, porcupine, wolves, eagles, and foxes.
No experience necessary. Suitable for most age levels and abilities. No minimum age requirement for Talkeetna trip. Suggested age is 8 years old for Chulitna River Tour and the East Fork, Chulitna River Multi-Day trips.