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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, Outdoors
Owner description: Denali Outdoor Center (D.O.C.) is a full-service outfitter offering whitewater rafting, mild-water...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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.
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
57 helpful votes 57 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 

Irvine, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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 

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