Kayak Tours

Byers Lake is the largest lake in the heart of Denali State Park. It is located at mile 146.5 off the Parks Highway. This lake offers incredible kayak tours, and the park has unparalleled rafting opportunities.

Denali Southside Guides will guide you into this territory and show you all it has to offer. We are dedicated to preserving this area and have a philosophy of Leave Only Footprints Behind.

Denali Kayak Tour

Come see the beauty of Byers Lake as you glide through tranquil waters on single or tandem sit-on-top kayaks. Start your tour with brief and easy paddle instructions then embark for one of the most beautiful experiences in Alaska.

Watch for resident trumpeter swans, loons and beavers. Paddle over pools of spawning salmon. Look for the bears and eagles that come to feed on them. Take pictures of the breathtaking views of Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. Don’t worry about your gear — we will provide you with rain pants and jackets, boots or crocs, and dry bags for cameras. These kayak tours are great for beginners or experienced paddlers with boats that are very stable and easy to maneuver.

Trip Details

Denali Kayak Tour

    • Trip duration: Plan for 2 1/2 to 3 hours total for your adventure. Time on the water is 1.5 to 2 hours with extra time for transportation, gear up and down.
    • Service fee: $99.00 per adult
    • Children under 12: $69 per child
Kayak tours depart daily from


      • Byers Lake Day Use Area at 9:15 am, 12:45 pm.
      • McKinley Princess Lodge at 9:00 am, 12:30 pm.


Little adventures — big memories!