Family owned and operated since 1974, Denali Raft Adventures, Inc. is the original raft company on the Nenana River at the entrance of Denali National Park, Alaska. We offer Gore-Tex drysuits for the utmost in comfort, neoprene boots, Coast Guard approved lifejacket, and a guided 18ft raft which allows you to experience a sense of adventure and fun for an activity that has inherent risks.
We promise to make every effort to provide you with the best possible adventure, full of laughter, and fun so that you can make a memory that will last a lifetime.
What we'll do
A guided scenic trip with whitewater thrown in. Skirting the boundaries of Denali National Park down the glacier-fed Nenana River offers an excellent opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural environment and to travel the Great North Land as our early settlers traveled. This trip includes lunch served right on the river. After lunch, you are in for the ride of your life through the Nenana River Gorge.
You have your choice of Oar Rafts or Paddle Rafts (It takes 5 participants to paddle, when possible we combine parties to reach five or more).
Both oar rafts and paddle rafts run the same rapids on the river. Perfect for 1st timers, an oar raft, is rowed by the guide while rafters sit, hold on and enjoy the view. In a paddle raft, you will be expected to follow instructions and be an active participant by paddling the raft downriver. You still have a guide but everyone has a paddle and the guide instructs you on how and when to paddle.
Our Shuttle Service provides the pickup from local lodging, plus transportation to and from the river.
What to expect / what's provided
- Warm outdoor Clothes
- Dress in layers (avoid cotton if possible)
- A wool or fleece beanie style hat
- Two pair of wool socks
- Eyeglass retainers
In order to provide you an enjoyable raft trip, we supply knowledgeable guides, rafts, as well as the following gear for your comfort and safety.
Gore-Tex drysuits provided the most comfortable rafting experience possible. Our drysuits come with latex gaskets at the neck and wrists, and latex socks to keep your feet dry. The only body part that should get wet will be your hands and face. Raft in comfort in and out of the water with a full range of movement. Drysuits were developed for people working and/or playing around freezing cold water providing you with a waterproof exterior layer to wear over your own insulating layers. We provide neoprene booties that slip over the latex sock allowing your feet to warm themselves with your own body heat. A Coast Guard approved Type V lifejacket is provided.
To ensure your safety we take the following precautions:
• There is a minimum of two boats per trip.
• Each boat is equipped with a throw bag
• The trip leader on each tour carries emergency and first aid supplies.
• At least 1 or more certified Whitewater Rescue Technician on river trip at all times
• Shuttle drivers monitor the trip via the highway when accessible
Rafting is an inherently risky activity. Denali Raft Adventures, Inc., associated tour companies and their agents assume no responsibility whatsoever and will not be held responsible for any loss, damage, or injury to persons or property however caused. Clients will assume liability for participation in these activities by signing Denali Raft Adventures, Inc. "Participant Release of Liability" (a parent or guardian must sign for minors 18 years or younger), by wearing life jackets and listening attentively to our safety talk, and by following our guide and staff's instructions. Denali Raft Adventures, Inc., associated tour companies and their agents assume no responsibility for any expenses incurred due to delays or trip cancellations. Denali Raft Adventures, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or change trips at any time due to varying conditions.
Recommended age 12 years and older.