Denali Southside River Guides is 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.

Kayaking and Canoeing


Guided kayak trips and kayak/canoe rentals at our summer office location at Byers Lake Day Use Area in in Denali State Park, Mile 147 Parks Highway. Learn about Alaska fauna and flora. See trumpeter swans, loons, spawning salmon, and Denali and the Alaska Range from the seat of your boat.

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Raft Float Trips

Denali Southside River Guides offers fully-guided day trips 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. Flexible trip departures.

Denali Shuttle Service

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 several trail head areas 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 kayaking and rafting 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

Rafting Trips in Talkeetna

Ready for your Alaska adventure?

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