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Denali Outdoor Center

Mile 1/2 Otto Lake Road, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99743
1-888-303-1925
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Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Denali Outdoor Center (D.O.C.) is a full-service outfitter offering whitewater rafting, mild-water float trips, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking... more » Owner description: Denali Outdoor Center (D.O.C.) is a full-service outfitter offering whitewater rafting, mild-water float trips, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking adventures on the boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska. We also offer lakeside nightly cabin rentals and camping at our premier location in Healy, Alaska on the shore of Otto Lake.For convenience, we have 2 office locations, one at Denali Park and the other in Healy, just 10 minutes north of the park entrance. We also provide free shuttle service to and from all local lodging, AKRR Depot, Denali Park Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center.Our operating season is from mid-May to mid-September and we are open 7 days from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Our winter hours are M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Alaska Time. « less
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Irvine, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Today we took our first river rafting adventure. .. I don't believe there was a better choice than here with our guide and driver, Dillon. It took much convincing to get my husband on that raft. While I don't believe he will admit how much he really loved it.... it was 2 hours of sheer heaven. The only reason this... More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience. Yes, we know the "neck gaskets" can be a little snug, but that's how they keep you dry. Dylan is a great guide and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip with him. Hopefully, you can come back again and try our class III/IV whitewater adventure. More

Yorktown Heights, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We scheduled a white water raft trip in a paddle raft. The water was class 3 for this trip. They suited us up in the proper water gear, gave us safety instructions and paddle instructions. Then into the raft for 11 miles on the Nenana River. We got soaked and had a great time. Guide Brad was great at instructing... More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review

I'm glad the "safety speech" didn't scare you out of the trip . . . haha! Paddle rafting is a blast we're glad you had a good time at Denali Outdoor Center. More

Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We booked the level 3/4 class rapids whitewater trip and it was more of a leisurely float with maybe 10 total minutes of rapids. My 10 and 11 year olds were even bored! The facilities and staff were fine though I do not understand the stop at their outpost on the way home. The stop just seemed to drag on... More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that the rapids weren't what you expected. Of course, with a 10 and 11 year old on board, I'm sure the guide was taking the most conservative route possible. You were also required to be in an oar raft which is bigger than a paddle raft and takes the rapids a bit more smoothly than the... More

arlington, tx
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The cabin we rented had two beds with bedding and towels provided. Period. Shared bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room were a short walk away. The shared area was clean. Lovely view of Lake Otto sitting on the front porch of cabin, but be prepared for the mosquitoes. Campfire ring available outside of cabin but was too rainy for us. Neighbors... More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your cabin at Otto Lake. Of course, they do come with heat, extra pillows and blankets, bedside tables with drawers big enough for some clothing, lamps, deck chairs and scenic pictures of the Denali area. We also hope the view of Otto Lake and Mt. Healy added to your overall experience. Between... More

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We tent camped here for one night.. It's a great campground..Conveniently located near the Park entrance. About half the campsites are right by the lake.. Beautiful views but extremely windy.. The shower facilities were clean, had very good hot water with excellent water pressure.. Decent WiFi near the main office.. Only complaint.. The portable toilets could have been cleaner. They... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were heading back from fairbanks and needed a place to stay. We called denali outdoor center and inquired about pricing, availability, and pet friendliness (we have a 5 pound yorkie). They were quite rude in saying they didn't allow pets. We went on our way, but things were pretty booked. We had to dig deep to find options, but... More

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Wauseon, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were at Denali Cabins and at the last minute decided that maybe we should try an outdoor adventure away from "Glitter Gulch" up the road. We were told that Denali Outdoor Center did a nice river trip, especially for us, since we were rookies in a raft. The DOC folks picked us up on the way to the river...got... More

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Twinsburg, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was my first rafting experience, and I enjoyed it. At first I was not so sure, because they did not come to pick me up when they said they would. I had to call and see what happened. They quickly sent a van to come and get me. Check in took a little time to get up to fill... More

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New England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We still can't believe our horrific experience at Denali Outdoor Center. We were so excited to rent a canoe from Denali Outdoor Center to paddle Otto Lake. Beautiful Lake in the "backyard" of Denali. We rented the canoe, got out in the middle of Otto Lake and I glanced down at my feet and saw water coming into the canoe... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

They gave away our reservation after we made it three months in advance and checked in on it two days before we went. Then we had to stay in a tiny campsite and were forced to pay $163 dollars. What an outrage!!

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