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Healy, Alaska 99743
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Mile 238.9 Parks Highway
Denali National Park, Alaska 99755
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Nenana River Raft Tours

At the Denali Outdoor Center, your Alaskan Nenana whitewater rafting adventure will traverse the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska for over 40 miles. The whitewater on the Nenana River in Alaska ranges from class II "Mild-water" float trips to class III/IV "Whitewater" action for a variety of Denali rafting adventures. Denali Outdoor Center offers both "Paddle Rafts" & "Oar Rafts" in a spectacular Alaska mountain setting and the best whitewater rafting at Denali National Park.


Denali Outdoor Center paddle and oar rafts on the Nenana River, AlaskaYour choice of Denali rafting adventure is a personal preference depending on your desire to sit and hold on or paddle in the Alaska whitewater action. Please refer to our Paddle Raft and Oar Raft description pages before you choose your whitewater adventure.The descriptions and photos should help you and your family or group decide "Mild or Wild" and "Paddle or Oar" for a fantastic Denali raft adventure.

Your Alaska whitewater adventure will be guided by one of our experienced staff of professionals. Highly skilled Alaska guides will provide exemplary customer service in commercial quality equipment on your Denali rafting excursion. This is guaranteed to be a highlight of your Alaska travel experience.

Canyon Run:

 This river trip begins at the entrance to Denali National Park and journeys 11 river miles to Healy, Alaska. During this 2 Hour whitewater adventure expect to encounter over 10 major Class III to IV rapids in the Nenana River Canyon! The Denali National Park frontier will be the setting on your river left shore with Mt. Healy rising over 3,000 feet to the summit. Exciting wave-trains and powerful hydraulics will create rapids like "Razorback," "Iceworm," "Cable Car," "Royal Flush," and “Coffee Grinder!” No experience is required; ages 10 and up are welcome. Choose an Oar Raft and hold on or a Paddle Raft (minimum age is 14) for extra hands-on excitement.

Check-In Times: (Click Here For Map!)
OTTO LAKE OFFICE: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 1:30PM & 6:00PM
CANYON OFFICE: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM
( *Plan to join us for 3 to 3 1/2 hours)

Cost: Oar-boat $92.00
                         $72.00 Ages (10-13 )
     Paddle Raft $92.00 (minimum age is 14)

Scenic Wilderness:

 Although this trip will begin at McKinley Village in the midst of local lodges, your river raft will drift slowly away and leave only a quiet encounter with Denali’s wilderness. Imagine yourself floating in solitude along the boundaries of Denali National Park, Alaska on this 2 Hour oar raft trip! Enjoy the Alaskan splendor as we view the Yanert Fork River merging with the waters of the Nenana River below the Musher's Monument, a natural rock formation distinctly resembling a musher driving a sled and team of dogs. While passing by Mount Fellows and Pyramid Mountain, watch for a variety of wildlife and enjoy class II and mild class III whitewater rapids. Families with small children and those wanting a bit less splash will discover the joys of rafting.

Check-In Times: (Click Here For Map!)
OTTO LAKE OFFICE: 7:00 AM, 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
CANYON OFFICE : 7:30 AM & 12:00 PM & 6:30 PM
(*Plan to join us for 3 to 3 1/2 hours)

Trip Cost: Oar Raft $92.00/ Adult
                                $62.00 / Child (ages 5-13)

Nenana Half-day:
This 4 hour excursion combines the mile Scenic Wilderness stretch and the rapids of the Canyon Run. Enjoy 23 miles of Alaska's scenic beauty and hit over 10 major rapids for a complete morning or afternoon or river running. Oar Raft or Paddle Raft available.

Check-In Times: (Click Here For Map!)
OTTO LAKE OFFICE: 7:00 AM & 11:30 AM
CANYON OFFICE : 7:30 AM & 12:00 noon
(*Plan to join us for 5 to 5 1/2 hours)

Trip Cost: Oar Raft $129.00 / Adult
                               $109.00 / Child (ages 10-13)
           Paddle Raft $129.00 / Adult (min. age 14)

Nenana Full Day:
The Nenana River is the eastern boundary of Denali National Park for nearly 40 miles. Experience a 7 hour day of adventure floating over 30 miles. Start your journey through class I & II mild whitewater with spectacular views and chances to view wildlife and then continue through class III & IV rapids in the Nenana River Gorge. Choose either paddle raft or oar raft option and enjoy a riverside lunch served by your guide. A minimum of 6 guests is required; this trip may be rescheduled as a Nenana Half-day trip if minimum number of guests is not met.

Check-In Times: (Click Here For Map!)
(*Plan to join us for 7 1/2 to 8 hours)

Trip Cost: Oar Raft $187.00 / Adult
                                $167.00 / Child (ages 10-13)
            Paddle Raft $187.00 / Adult (min. age 14)


Reservations: Are strongly encouraged as trips can book quickly and some will sell-out weeks in advance of departure date. Please inquire about discounts as we offer very competitive pricing and have a variety of pre-season, military, group and family rates.

Cancellations:  In the regrettable event D.O.C. cancels, you will receive a full refund. We reserve the right to alter trip itineraries due to weather conditions, high water levels and other safety considerations. 48 hour advance notice is required by our guests to receive a full refund for their cancellation. A 50% deposit will be non-refundable with less than 48 hours notice.

Drysuits: Not a wetsuit! We provide every whitewater guest with the comfort and confidence of state-of-the-art river apparel with Kokatat and OS System drysuits! Glacial waters are unforgiving but with the proper outfitting at D.O.C. you can make a splash and have fun in the water. Our prices are competitive but our suits are priceless - we think you are worth it!

Check out our whitewater safety/drysuit page for a complete description.



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