Nenana River Canyon Run from Denali - Oar Raft

Nenana River Canyon Run from Denali - Oar Raft

Nenana River Canyon Run from Denali - Oar Raft -- Guests hold on for the ride while a guide controls the raft rigged with oars and a rowing frame in the middle. A great trip for first-time rafters and families. The rafts are bigger than paddle-boats making for a more stable ride. Guides can provide a "mild" ride through the canyon at the guests request.

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2 hours


7:30 am, 9:30 am, 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm daily (Late May through Mid-September)

Minimum age is 10. Child rates apply to children ages 10 to 13. A courtesy shuttle is available if you are staying at a Denali hotel. You will be provided a telephone number on your E-Ticket to call at least 24 hours before your tour date to make shuttle arrangements. If you are not staying at a Denali hotel and will be driving to the check-in office, you will need to specify one of the two check-in locations during the ordering process. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


A 2 Hour whitewater adventure! Journey through 11 miles of the Denali National Park frontier with class III & IV rapids like "Razorback," "Iceworm," "Cable Car," and "Royal Flush." No experience required; ages 10 and up welcome.

Oar Rafts: Just sit, hold on and enjoy the Alaska raft ride! This Alaska raft adventure is a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting from "mild to wild" and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Your Alaska river guide will be seated in the middle of the raft operating the oars to navigate the whitewater. We are a family friendly excursion and invite all Alaska travelers ages 5 and older. Children must be big enough to fit into our smallest "smiley face" drysuit in order to raft in Alaska.

Two Alaskan glaciers are the source of whitewater adventure on the Nenana River bordering Denali National Park, Alaska. This glacier fed Alaskan river is known for swift current and exciting whitewater. Hosting nearly 50,000 adventure travelers each summer, this large volume whitewater river offers spectacular scenery as it traverses the Alaska Range and creates a natural eastern boundary for Denali National Park. From its glacial source, the Nenana offers several sections of road accessible river miles with adventure for all levels of ability.

Glacial Alaskan rivers need some special considerations when determining the level of difficulty. Technically, the river is rated class I through class IV, based on an international scale of I (moving, unobstructed current) through VI (extreme hazard). A variety of factors combine to result in a rivers final classification, including: difficulty of river features (i.e., rocks, hydraulics or holes, waves, etc.); water volume and speed; water temperature; difficulty of rescue. While the overall rating is most affected relative to water volume, higher river levels general increase the intensity of all other factors, in Alaska we must also consider "ambient temperatures" and "remoteness of location".

Glacial river water temperatures are obviously very cold. Of course, spring run-off in the Rocky Mountains is cold water but the air temperature is generally 80 degrees or above in the summer; whereas, average temperatures in Denali Park are commonly in the 50's and 60's. Additionally, the nearest primary care facility (hospital) is 2 hours drive away, in Fairbanks. This does not include evacuation time. Consequently, we cannot spare any precaution in the prevention of systemic injury, such as Hypothermia.


Not a wetsuit! We provide every whitewater guest with the comfort and confidence of state-of-the-art river apparel with Kokatat and OS System drysuits! Glacial waters are unforgiving but with the proper outfitting you can make a splash and have fun in the water.

A "drysuit" is a technical piece of river apparel designed specifically for protection against cold-water immersion in a whitewater river. Features of the suit include latex gaskets at the neck and wrists, latex socks, a waterproof zipper and rain hood. In the event of a swim, the suit is designed to maintain "dryness," except head and hands. As well, the suit is cut ergonomically to allow for good range of motion for swimming.

Comfort, Confidence and Safety: Unlike a "wetsuit," the individual wears layers of clothing underneath the suit to insulate, making the suit far more comfortable and sanitary in a commercial use situation. On a warm day one layer of long sleeves, long pants and warm socks is adequate. In the event of colder temperatures, it is recommended to add layers, similar to snow skiing.

Latex Neck Seal
Latex Wrist Seal
Latex Sock & Neoprene River Bootie

Your protection is always our primary concern! No outfitter or guide can ever guarantee keeping guests out of the river. (Our guests jump in for fun and the novelty of a swim in a glacial fed river). All riverrunners are suited appropriately in a "Drysuit," Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD), triple-thick soled River Booties and Helmets (for paddlers).

MINIMUM AGE IS 10. Child rates apply to children ages 10 to 13. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

December 31, 1969