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Address: Mile 1/2 Otto Lake Road, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99743
Phone Number: 1-888-303-1925
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Description: Denali Outdoor Center (D.O.C.) is a full-service outfitter offering...
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.
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Rafting the Canyon was Awesome! Chad took really good care of us and had some insane rafting skills. I would do this trip every week if I could. Don't miss it, seriously.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Eugene, Oregon
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Rafting the Canyon was Awesome! Chad took really good care of us and had some insane rafting skills. I would do this trip every week if I could. Don't miss it, seriously.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

staff was AWESOME.............during my two week trip to Alaska, what I was most impressed with were the people. Most were from the the 48 contiguous, but one thing they all had in common was their hospitality and love of the outdoors. The staff at Denali Outdoor Center were no exception. My family and I went white water rafting............what a great... More 

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had an amazing time on the river with Chad our guide. The Nenana River so beautiful, the stories at every curve and the surroundings breathtaking. Loved staying there at the dry cabins, simple, fun & peaceful on Otto Lake. Thank You Bill & Louise for providing a great space to enjoy the outdoors. Aly thank you for serving us... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words and great review. We're really glad you enjoyed your stay at Otto Lake and had a fun trip on the river with Chad. We also appreciate your patience with our season opening. Thanks again! More 

Taylorsville, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I right for a bike rode it in Denali National Park. Stop and took pictures of wildlife. Also rafting ride there. Great Guides, office help,drivers.

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We had reservations to go white water rafting but the weather (high winds) cancelled our plans. We received a full refund right away without any problem. If you wanted to go white water rafting I would use there service..

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

Unfortunately, we do have to cancel for high-winds on occasion, especially downstream winds. Hopefully, you will have another chance to visit and join us for a trip. We really appreciate your understanding and thank you for writing a review about our services. More 

New York, NY
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89 reviews 89 reviews
15 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We did a white-water rafting trip with our teenagers (paddling, not floating), and our family declared this the best thing we did on our two week trip to Alaska. The guides were fun and informative, and teased me just the right amount about the fact that this was my first time and that I was a little nervous. I felt... More 

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

Fantastic! Of course, this is the kind of experience are hoping to provide for all of our guests. We are so pleased to hear your family enjoyed your trip with Denali Outdoor Center and voted us the best part of your Alaska vacation. That is an honor, indeed. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and posting your review... More 

Georgia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We made our reservation about two weeks in advance. Since we stayed in Denali Lakeview Inn in Healy, we only had to go down the road to get to the Denali Outdoor Center Otto Lake location. Once we got there, all we had to do was sign a release of liability and hop in the van to be transported to... More 

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

Thank you for writing such a thorough description of your experience with Denali Outdoor Center. I hope that readers will find this helpful in planning their adventure with us. It is very interesting to note that you felt over-dressed at first, just right most of the trip, and a bit chilly by the end. Our staff always recommends dressing a... More 

Old Forge, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We rented a cabin for 2 nights on our Alaska Adventure! The cabin was cute and much like the Adirondacks in upstate NY where we are from. ( except the view of the mountains across Otto Lake which is amazing!) As advertised, it is a sleeping cabin with the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry shared in a central building close by.... More 

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

It sounds like you felt at home in our cabins which always good news. We feel that sharing your experience with our other cabin guests can often times enhance your visit and it's nice to hear you enjoyed the social side of your stay at Denali Outdoor Center. We do apologize for the damaged canoes; we're hoping to import sand... More 

Claymont, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Flood was our river guide! he got us all wet in 36 degree water in the Nanana River!!!! this was my 1st rafting experience! 2 hours and they take pictures!!! Yes, I recommend this!

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

How can you go wrong with a river guide named, Flood, right?! Thanks for writing a review and we're glad to hear you had a great time! More 

Culver, Minnesota, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Booked a whitewater trip on the Nanana River with the Denali Outdoor Center prior to our trip. Our train got in late from Anchorage and we thought we would have to forfeit the trip and money. These folks worked with us and rescheduled us for the following evening. They suited us up in drysuits, explaining how to put them on... More 

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

Sometimes things don't always work out as planned but we understand and strive to make trips happen whenever possible. As an owner, I'm super happy to hear we were able to reschedule and get you guys on the water, especially since it sounds like you had a really fun trip. It's also nice to know you appreciated the drysuits which... More 

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