Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Explore the enigma with today's Groupon: for $54, you get a two-hour Kenai River float tour for two at Alaska Wildland Adventures in Cooper Landing (up to a $108 value). Choose to take your trip between the following dates:
- May 22–June 30
- July 1–August 30
- September 1–September 25
Alaska Wildland Adventures was the first organization to obtain permits to float the Kenai River and it's been guiding nature buffs down its scenic waterways ever since. Floaters can feast their eyes on the rich, verdant Kenai landscape while keeping peepers peeled for moose, eagles, and Dall sheep. All the while, Alaska Wildland Adventures' guides inform rafters about local natural and cultural history. For an additional fee, customers have the option of upgrading to one of two other trips. The Kenai Canyon raft trip sends travelers winding through Class II or higher whitewater rapids. On the Alaska trout and salmon fishing trip, novice and expert fishers alike will overhear rainbow trout and sockeye salmon regale one another with tall tales of evading 10-foot fishermen.
The Kenai River scenic-float tour provides rubber boots, raingear, and personal flotation devices to all rafters. Departure times and what to wear and bring can be found on Alaska Wildland Adventures' website. Rafters are advised to show up 30 minutes before the trip begins and kids under five are not permitted. Float trips will proceed regardless of rain, shine, or total eclipses of the heart.
Alaska Wildland Adventures
As the sun crests the mountains that border the Kenai River Valley, sunlight permeates the thin walls of lodge sales manager Chad Carter’s Yukon-style cabin tent, and the surrounding pine forest erupts in a chorus of birdsong. As if that weren’t enough to rouse Mr. Carter from slumber, there’s also the prospect of what he may spy when he looks out his window: a lone moose or perhaps bear cubs.
Mr. Carter, along with the rest of the Alaska Wildland Adventures staff, remain immersed in the Alaskan wilderness for the summer season, which has helped them develop an extensive knowledge of region. But even more significantly, Mr. Carter notes how the secluded environs have helped forge bonds between staff, who enjoy a close-knit community during summer months. “They become your family,” says Mr. Carter. “You go on adventures together—it’s definitely a teamwork approach here.” Guides strive to incorporate guests into that community, limiting expeditions by foot, raft, and kayak to small groups of 10 people. They also empower guests with the tools they need to navigate the region, including maps and safety tutorials. And, after a long day’s journey, they treat overnight guests to communal, home-cooked meals of Alaskan seafood.
16520 Sterling Hwy.
Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572