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Guided hiking, rafting and kayaking tours inside Denali State Park, Alaska

Denali Southside River Guides provides guided rafting and kayaking tours on the Chulitna River and Byers Lake. We are the premier kayaking and rafting guide company in Talkeetna and Denali State Park. If you are looking for a place to experience a quiet, peaceful, and natural Alaska with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities and unparalleled views, this is the place — and we are the guides. 

Exploring Alaska’s waterways is an excellent way to experience this amazing state, and to leave the crowded highways, bus seats, and restaurants behind. Come with us and escape into the natural beauty of the southside of Denali.

Guided Rafting and Kayaking Tours on Byers Lake in Denali Park

Kayak Tours

Guided kayak tours at our summer office location at Byers Lake Day Use Area in Denali State Park, Mile 146.5 Parks Highway. Learn about Alaska fauna and flora from experienced guides. Watch resident trumpeter swans, loons and all five species of salmon. See Denali and the Alaska Range from the seat of your boat.

Guided rafting and kayaking tours on the Chulitna River in Denali Park, Alaska

Raft Tours

Denali Southside River Guides offers fully-guided rafting tours in Denali State Park. Explore Alaska’s waterways and the backcountry by floating a majestic, wild, glacial-fed river. Enjoy a canyon landscape and wide open, braided river beds with Denali and the Alaska Range in the backdrop. Custom trip departures are available as well as guided rafting and kayaking tour combos.

We offer shuttle service for hiking on Kesugi Ridge a popular hiking trail in Denali State Park

Denali Shuttle

Booked a trip with us? Need a drop-off or pick-up at one of the State Park trail heads? We offer shuttle van rides between destinations like McKinley Princess Lodge and Byers Lake, and service to and from the Kesugi Ridge and Byers Lake trail heads within Denali State Park, Alaska.

Explore Alaska's waterways

About Us

Denali Southside River Guides is family-owned and operated. Craig and Shelis Jorgensen are year-round residents of Talkeetna, Alaska. Our guides live locally and have extensive knowledge of area waterways, history and wildlife, and they provide high-quality, low-impact guided rafting and kayaking experiences. Denali Southside River Guides is fully licensed, insured and permitted to operate within Denali State Park.

Check out our feature on the Alaska Tour & Travel Blog: Off The Beaten Path Adventures

Video feature on Vimeo of our Guided Rafting and Kayaking Tours.

Guided Rafting Trips in Denali Park

Ready for your Alaska adventure?

907-733-RAFT (7238)