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Denali Southside River Guides

34996 South Hopper Drive, Talkeetna, AK 99676
907 733-7238
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Ranked #14 of 26 activities in Talkeetna
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Owner description: Denali Southside River Guides specializes in full & half day raft and kayak adventures in Talkeetna and Denali State Park.Come see the beauty of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Craig, the owner picked us up at 7:00 on the dot just as promised and drove us to the first part of the day at Beyers Lake in Denali State Park. We kayaked the lake with our guide Carson who was shared his knowledge of the lake with us along with interestinfacts about wildlifew in the area. We had lunch... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Rafting to Talkeetna was a great experience! It was a peaceful ride with amazing scenery. Scott was a great river guide with lots of interesting facts and stories, always on the lookout for wildlife.

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Madison, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This was by far was one of the best days we in Alaska. We had taken inside Passage cruise then picked up a motorhome in ANC to start our journey to Denali. We stayed in an RV park in Talkeetna and we were within walking distance to the pick up for the day. The crew was awesome as we drove... More

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We took a family kayak trip on June 17th. What a fantastic time! Southside accommodated our schedule and even picked us up at our lodge. Not only did we have beautiful scenery, we had a great guide. Unlike other kayak trips we've taken, Nate instructed us on the proper way to kayak. No sore arms or shoulders this time around.... More

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I was a little apprehensive about this kayaking trip. I am a moderately fit 70 yo and wasn't sure what I was getting myself in for. I need not have worried. The guides were so helpful and organized. They found gear and boots to fit me and helped me onto the sit-on-top Kayak...rear end first, then swing your legs around,... More

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Kayak/Raft Trip....I can't say enough about how wonderful the people are, they know exactly what they are doing, have a well organized system, and great personalities. It was a cold, rainy, foggy day, but they still wore smiles. The kayak trip was fun and it was nice being on the lake, even with the weather. Very peaceful! They gave us... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

We took the 4 hour float trip down the river. It was very beautiful and peaceful but 4 hours is too long when you aren't seeing any wildlife. Great views of the mountain from the river though.

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Shelis, Owner at Denali Southside River Guides, responded to this review

I always recommend the full day trip for folks who are rafting and feel they can kayak as well. This gives a great mix of activity, up close wildlife and awesome views on those clear days. It is too bad you did not have the ability to participate. More

Anchorage, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

They took care of everything! Pick up, drop off, gear, lunch... everything! We were a party of four, two adults and two kids- ages 12 and 16. It drizzled and/or rained pretty much the whole day and could have been pretty miserable, but we had a GREAT time and stayed dry to boot. This tour is really wonderful and I... More

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Shelis, Owner at Denali Southside River Guides, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure. I am so glad we could get your family out!! More

Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

I just went on the all day kayak & raft trip today. It was great! We were bussed from Talkeetna to Byers Lake about an hour away. We were suited up with rain boots & pants to help keep us dry while kayaking. Matt Wild & Adam Edwards were really nice & very knowledgable about the area & kept us... More

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Shelis, Owner at Denali Southside River Guides, responded to this review

Thanks Michelle I am so glad you enjoyed your self. Shelis More

Palmer, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the kayak/raft trip we took with Denali Southside River guides. My best friend and I booked our trip and crossed our fingers because we really didn't know what to expect. We arrived at the pick up point and only had to wait a few minutes for our guide to appear and we were on our way. The... More

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