Choose Between Two Options
- $129 for a full-day excursion ($249 value)
- $255 for a full-day excursion for two people ($498 value)
The eight- to nine-hour trip begins with sit-on-top kayaking on Byers Lake in Denali State Park. After a lunch break, you’ll switch to a raft that’s fully oared by your guide. Both parts of the trip afford you the chance to observe the local scenery and wildlife, including beavers, loons, bears, and eagles.
Denali Southside River Guides
Byers Lake looks as smooth as glass to a group of kayakers, who gaze at an inverted reflection of Mount McKinley on the undisturbed surface. The moment doesn't last—maybe a loon call cuts the air, or maybe a wedge of trumpeter swans throws waves through the mountain's mirror image—but the kayakers carry the morning's still, quiet image with them throughout the day.
Craig and Shelis Jorgensen, owners of the Talkeetna-based Denali Southside River Guides, unveil the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness through low-impact adventures in and around the waters of Denali State Park. Claiming a team of experienced guides that possesses an extensive knowledge of the area, the Jorgensens coordinate excursions such as rafting down rivers ranging from calm glacial feeds to Class II and III whitewater rapids.