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Address: 34996 South Hopper Drive, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone Number: +1 907-733-7238
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Description: 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

These guides are great!! Thanks Carsen! On the kayaking leg we saw bears and hovered over Salmon playing in the shallows. Very relaxing peaceful serene beauty of Byers lake. The rafting trip is very low key as well and we saw 25 bald eagles along the way. The water is gorgeous and non threatening. Great trip! Dress warm!!

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Lumberton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Very efficiently run operation. Picked us up right on time in Talkeetna. Gave a narrated drive to Byers Lake. You don't even have to worry about your own gear as they will outfit you with top notch gear! It was my first time kayaking, they were very patient and Carson made it fun for everyone. Then they drove us to... More 

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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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