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Address: 34996 South Hopper Drive, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone Number: +1 907-733-7238
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Denali Southside River Guides specializes in full & half day raft and...

Denali Southside River Guides specializes in full & half day raft and kayak adventures in Talkeetna and Denali State Park.Come see the beauty of Denali State Park by exploring its water ways and seeing its wildlife! Visit the tranquil waters of Byers Lake, the largest lake in Denali State Park, where you will glide through its tranquil waters on single or tandem Sit-On-Top kayaks. Watch for resident trumpeter swans, loons and beavers. Paddle over pools of spawning salmon and look for the bears and eagles that come to feed on them. Enjoy a warm lunch at a the historic Mary Cary's McKinley View Lodge. Head to the glacial river to embark on a scenic rafting float trip fully oared by your guide. Enjoy stunning vistas of Denali and the Alaska Range and beautiful canyon walls.

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Byers Lake Kayak

While we were in Alaska we were looking for a kayak trip that would be fun for my sister but easy for my mom. I came across the Denali Southside River Guides and their trip at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
Nancye R
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Park City, Utah

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

While we were in Alaska we were looking for a kayak trip that would be fun for my sister but easy for my mom. I came across the Denali Southside River Guides and their trip at Byers Lake in Denali State Park. We had a wonderful time. Simon was a great guide and really knew about the area. He shared... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

My family and I did the kayak and float trip with Southside river guides last week and it was incredible. Our day started with an on time pickup at our lodge, courteous and fun driver who was very knowledgeable. We were driven to Byers lake where they had a small trailer with all the gear that was necessary. We were... More 

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Endwell, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

This trip was one of the best and most memorable days one can experience on vacation. The guide team Craig, Simon and Jake were knowledgable, fun and just awesome guys. The kayaking 30 miles from MT Denali and then the rafting trip back provided views that will be remembered for ever. This trip was worth every penny. Lunch was provided... More 

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Thank George W
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My son and I had a really wonderful experience kayaking around Byers Lake. The guides were really nice, and very informative. It was a very calm day on the lake, with approximately 1 -2 hours of kayaking - could be a little strenuous when paddling back into the wind. While we didn't see any bears - there were trumpeter swans... More 

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Thank Erin P
Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Our family of 4 had a great afternoon on the lake in Denali State Park. The kayaks (tandem) and canoes were really affordable at $15 for the 1st hour and $5 for every hour after that. Byers Lake is real serene with the Alaska Range in the background. We saw some loons on the lake but were told occasionally moose... More 

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Thank Tarang B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We arrived at Byers lake spur of the moment decision. We were thrilled to find Southside River Guide in the parking lot where we could rent kayaks and canoes. The gentlemen who ran the business were extraordinarily knowledgable about the lake and hiking trails and offered a lot of valuable information (especially which plants to stay away from in the... More 

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Solroed Strand, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Rented kayaks by Denali Southside River Guides. Friendly staff helped where to paddle on Lake Byers for seeing wildlife. Enjoyed two hours at the lake.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

great so you can say that you went down for a rafting trip in Alaska. But if you like to be able to row yourself i would save the money rent it somewhere and just go do it somewhere else it would be the same thing. kayaking it would be cheaper to do it on your own also.

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Thank Angel T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

They picked us up and brought us to the facility. They provided boots, water resistant pants, and dry bags. The narration was fantastic. We had great views of the mountains and the lake was so pretty. We really had a nice time. You definitely use muscles not frequently used in the office but it was well worth it! Highly recommend.

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Thank Melisa G
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Denali Southside River Guides provided a great mix of activities with the kayak and rafting package for our group of 10 people. Shelis was quick to respond to all our emails while we were coordinating the trip and happy to accommodate a group that size. Our guide Jake was enthusiastic and informative throughout the trip offering different facts and tidbits... More 

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