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Nenana Gorge Whitewater Rafting - Paddle Option

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    MEETING PLACE AND TIME
    If you are driving to Denali, please meet us at our office at Denali about 10 minutes prior to your trip time. We are super easy to find – we are on the northeast side of the bridge at Milepost 238, Parks Highway. Plenty of parking. If you are arriving by train or motorcoach, we will contact you to arrange a meeting place and time.
    THE EXPERIENCE
    The guide is located in the stern of the raft and calls out paddle commands like "forward," "back-paddle," left-turn," "right-turn," etc.in order to maneuver the raft. Passengers participate in a co-ordinated team effort as they travel downstream. It's a real adventure! 11 miles of Class III/IV whitewater down the Nenana Gorge.  3-4 hours start to finish. We provide all the special gear needed including a drysuit (PFD, drysuit, river shoes). We go rain or shine.
    • Class III and IV whitewater
    • All passengers paddle together under the direction of a professional guide.
    • Minimum Age 14. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Tour Time Options: 8 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm check-in times
    • Tour lasts about 3-4 hours start to finish
    • Dress Smart - For rafting, you should dress for the weather. Remember to wear long pants, long sleeves, at least 2 layers on the top, and socks. Bring an extra pair of socks with you when you check in. When you take off your shoes to get dressed into your drysuit, you can put the extra pair of socks into your shoes, which will meet you at the end of the trip. Remember, also, that everything you wear will go inside the drysuit, so it’s best not to wear a top layer that has a hood because hoods can be uncomfortable inside the drysuit. If it’s chilly, you may want to bring a hat. We launch our trips rain or shine; in fact, there’s nothing better to do at the Park when it’s raining than go rafting.
    Nenana Raft Adventures is located at beautiful Denali National Park, Alaska. Flowing north through the heart of the Alaska Range, the Nenana River is the most popular whitewater river in Alaska. Enjoy this ADVENTUROUS raft trip suitable for even families with older children (+10 years old). Mankind has yet to come up with a more comfortable or less strenuous method of low impact wilderness travel.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This rafting trip was the best part of our Denali trip. Our guide, Mitch, was fantastic! He was knowledgeable about the river, very funny, and extremely safe. He made the rafting tour fun for the entire party and made sure to point out beautiful sights...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank jordanket
    Reviewed July 13, 2019

    They offer several types of raft trips fit for everyone who wants to enjoy the majestic scenery from the river. For the Class 3 and 4 river part of the trip, you can either choose to sit on a raft paddled by you guide with...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Waverunner2012
    Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

    Pat from Arkansas was our guide, and he was awesome! We were a group of 6 (aged 30-65) that chose to paddle. Even with 4 first time rafters, the trip was great. I felt safe the whole time (as did my mom, who can be...More

    1  Thank caitydyd-likethebug
    Reviewed July 9, 2019

    It was a fun couple of hours on the river. They picked me up from the Princess lodge. Drysuit kept me dry. We had 8 + guide and he didn't make us work too hard! For a "class IV" trip I was a tad disappointed:...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Michael J
    Reviewed July 8, 2019 via mobile

    we had a great trip! Pat was a great guide. We are visiting from Florida with friends and are loving Alaska.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Lena J
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