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Paddle Rafting on the Nenana Gorge

Denali Park, United States
Paddle Rafting on the Nenana Gorge

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icon3 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Seize the chance to try white water rafting in one of the world’s prime locations—Alaska’s River Nenana gorge in Denali National Park—on this half-day paddle rafting adventure. With a guide on board to give instructions, conquer the Nenana’s foaming Class III-IV rapids, paddling downstream against a backdrop of Denali’s pinewoods and peaks. All necessary equipment and a choice of departure times are provided for ease and convenience.
  • Enjoy white water rafting on the Nenana river gorge in Denali National Park
  • Easy intro to sport in prime location, with tuition and equipment included
  • Paddle through Class III-IV rapids with directions from on-board guide
  • Choose from various departures for flexibility; no experience required
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All necessary safety equipment - Dry Suits for everyone, Personal Floatation Device (PFD), & river booties.
Photos and Video are available for purchase after the trip. (optional)

Departure Point

National Park and Preserve, 238 Parks Hwy, Denali Park, AK 99755, USA

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Minimum age of 15 years old
  • All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Everyone must sign a participant agreement, release, and acknowledgement of risk form. This is available on our website.
  • What to Wear:
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nenana Raft Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Guides are professional, and while trip was exciting always felt safe." See review


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Fun on the Rapids!
, Aug 2021
The water was cold but we had a blast! Made lots of memories on our first trip to Alaska! Pat was a great guide and kept us all from falling in. Even got to see an Eagle and a porcupine!
1 traveler found this review helpful
great times where had.
, Aug 2021
great staff, timely, and friendly. I cant wait till next summer to do this run a couple more times. thanks
The river does deliver!
, Jul 2021
This was SO MUCH FUN, but be prepared that you are going to get WET and it's going to be COLD! The guide was awesome.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Super fun!!
, Jul 2021
Going whitewater rafting was definitely the highlight of our trip and I can’t recommend it enough! Mudflap was hilarious and Captain Pat, our guide, was fantastic! Everyone was friendly, professional, and skilled at their role. I appreciated their emphasis on safety and we had a lot of fun! The views and the experience are definitely worth it!
Great experience - fantastic way to see Denali from the river!
, Jun 2021
The guides, driver and staff were all really professional, friendly and fun. The rapids were also awesome as was the scenery. This is a must do activity. We are definitely coming again!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you very much for your kind words and we're glad you are coming again. See you on the river!
Wendy P
, Aug 2019
Incredible journey downriver with Jonathan! Beautiful- glad we did it! Guides are professional, and while trip was exciting always felt safe.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Thrilling time
Bella P
, Jul 2019
We had a great time rafting. Us actually rafting was a 1stfor us 4 adults that went. One of the highlights of Alaska Trip. Great guide Cam. Nice class 3-4 rapids. Awesome experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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