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Scenic River 4 Hour Raft Trip from Denali - Oar Raft

Scenic River 4 Hour Raft Trip from Denali - Oar Raft

This is a perfect trip for families with young children. Class I and II water. There's a short hike (time permitting,) and lunch is served right on the river!

Guided scenic raft trip skirting the boundaries of Denali National Park down the glacier-fed Nenana River. This mild river trip offers an excellent opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural environment and to travel the Great North Land as our early settlers traveled.

Oar Raft Trip -- You let the guide do all the work while you just enjoy the ride!

This tour requires a minimum of 3 persons to operate. If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, your reservation may be cancelled if you are unable to reschedule.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

4 hours rafting, 7.5 hours total

Time

9:00 am daily (June 5 through August 15)

Minimum age is 5.This tour requires a minimum of 3 persons to operate. If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, your reservation may be cancelled if you are unable to reschedule.

Tour includes pick-up from designated hotels and meeting points. Anyone under the age of 19 must have a liability release waiver completed by their parent or legal guardian, or they cannot participate. For a child rafting with an adult other than a parent or guardian, waivers can be faxed to the parent or guardian to be signed and returned. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

Description

<This tour requires a minimum of 3 persons to operate. If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, your reservation may be cancelled if you are unable to reschedule.

This Oar Raft trip is 24 miles on the rolling river.

About the Raft Adventure

These raft trips have been offered since 1974, making this the oldest and most experienced raft company operating in the Denali National Park area. Through years of experience with varying conditions and equipment, the company has assembled a program that provides a quality experience for an activity that has inherent risks. Depend upon the expertise of your guide so all can raft with confidence while experiencing a sense of adventure, fun, and laughter. Know that when you raft with this company, you are in the best hands!

This is the only company to use Gore-Tex drysuits. 18-foot self bailing rafts made by the best names in the business such as Avon and Riken are used. Passengers generally number no more than 9 per oar boat and no more than 10 per paddle raft. Each trip has a minimum of two rafts, and average trips will contain 4 to 5 boats. With more than 13 boats, groups over 100 can be accommodated.

River Ratings

River difficulty is rated on a scale from Class I (the easiest) to Class VI (the most difficult). For those unfamiliar with this system, a simplified version is in order:

  • Class I -- Still and gently moving water
  • Class II -- Whitewater for the informed novice. Currents, small waves, and obstacles.
  • Class III -- Whitewater for the intermediate boater. Medium-sized waves, fast current, and obstacles that need to be maneuvered around.
  • Class IV -- For the expert boater. Large waves, very fast current and difficult maneuvers.
  • Class V -- Difficult even for expert boaters. Involves scouting, long rapids, extreme turbulence, and perfect boat control.
  • Class VI -- Not navigable, or the most extreme of river running stunts.

So how is it that a first time rafter can go on a raft trip with Class IV expert water? Because you have an experienced guide who can recognize the river's best line and direct the raft through turbulent waters with relative safety, without difficulty.

Safety

Unfortunately there are significant elements of risk involved in rafting. Certain risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the activity. Possible risks range from falling out of a raft, the most common, to raft flips and pins, the least common. Any of these risks can cause accidental injury, loss of equipment, or in rare cases, death. In order to minimize these risks, the company takes specific precautions.

Guides & Training

All of the guides meet these qualifications:

  • Previous commercial rafting experience for whitewater guides.
  • Swift water certification or equivalent
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Train on the Nenana river prior to carrying passengers
  • Ongoing "refresher" training throughout the season

Precautions

  • There is a minimum of two boats per trip to insure "back-up" help in an emergency.
  • Each trip is equipped with a hypothermia bag, and minor first aid kit.
  • The trip leader on each trip carries a cell phone and a major medical kit.
  • Shuttle drivers are equipped with cell phones and monitor the trip via the highway on the whitewater portion of the river.
  • Shuttle drivers are posted below major rapids to provide assistance in an emergency.

Clients responsibility

Clients will assume liability for participation in these activities by signing a risk assumption and liability release form, by wearing life jackets, and by listening attentively to the safety talk.

Gear

  • Gore-Tex dry suits with latex booties
  • Wet Suit booties
  • US Coast Guard approved Type V Lifejackets

What to Wear

We provide Gore-Tex dry suits with wet suit booties and lifejackets. We recommend layering your clothing for personal comfort. As the day warms up, it is best to just remove a layer rather than change all your clothes. Fleece, polypropylene, capaline, or similar fabrics are best because they wick away perspiration and water from your skin. Cotton is to be avoided on the river as it gets wet and cold. We highly recommend wool socks to be worn in our wet suit booties, a sweater or jacket, and a hat made of wool or Polartec Fleece.

Restrictions / Risk Management

  • No experience is required to do any of the raft trip options, experience is a bonus for Canyon run paddle boats.
  • To participate guests should be in good health and arrive unaffected by alcohol or drugs.
  • People who are not fully mobile can go rafting, however, guides recommend the McKinley Run. Please note any physically challenged participants during the ordering process, to provide time to make special adjustments for them.
  • Children should be 5 or older to participate in this trip. Children ages 5 to 11 are at the child discount rate.
  • Pregnant women may not participate.

Please Note: Anyone under the age of 19 must have a liability release waiver completed by their parent or legal guardian, or they cannot participate. For a child rafting with an adult other than a parent or guardian, waivers can be faxed to the parent or guardian to be signed and returned.

Minimum age is 5. This tour requires a minimum of 3 persons to operate. If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, your reservation may be cancelled if you are unable to reschedule.

Tour includes pick-up from designated hotels and meeting points. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 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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