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Talkeetna River Rafting Trips

Enjoy a Talkeetna rafting float trip, an overnight raft and fishing trip, or a whitewater adventure through Talkeetna's gorgeous river scenery with friendly guides!


Talkeetna, Alaska is surrounded by braided glacial rivers.  Rafting is a great way to view serene and stunning scenery.

The Native Alaskan meaning of the name Talkeetna is: "where the rivers meet", appropriate for the junction of three major Alaskan rivers (Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna).  There is no better way to experience the serene beauty, Denali views, and abundant wildlife of these waterways than rafting quietly downstream.

We offer rafting day trips from 2 hours to full day, as well as overnights. Scroll down to view some fantastic combo trips like the "Raft and Rail" with utilizes the Alaska Railroad, and the "Raft and Kayak" which combines kayaking on a lake in Denali State Park followed by a stunning float to Talkeetna. We've just added two delightful overnight raft and fishing combo trips.

Please note that all rafting day trips out of Talkeetna are scenic floats without whitewater. If you are looking for whitewater, see the notes at the bottom of this page. Talkeetna Travel can help help arrange trips a few hours away by car on some other rivers.

Rafting Day Trips


Raft Tour #1
Talkeetna River
4 miles
2 Hrs
Many daily departure times
$75-$79 per adult
$45-59 per child (10 & under)
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Explore the lower end of the Talkeetna River. This soft adventure rafting tour can be enjoyed by all age groups. See spectacular vistas of the Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley.  Your guides are versed in describing the flora, fauna, and scenery along the way. Look for bears, eagles, fish, beavers, moose, fox, and waterfowl during this float. Stop to visit two active Bald Eagles' nests, see beaver dams, look for bear tracks, and float past an old miner's cabin... There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos! Children must weigh at least 35lbs.


Raft Tour #2
Susitna River
11 miles
3 Hrs
Daily Departure 8:00am, 12pm
$105 per adult
$65 per child (12 & under)
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Launching from the historical village of Talkeetna, you will enjoy a relaxing guided float tour on the Susitna River. Weather permitting, this tour offers views of Mt. McKinley (Denali) for over half of the tour along with glacial valley vistas. Simply breathtaking! You will observe the fauna, flora, mountains and river silt beaches. Enjoy viewing present and past riverbank beaver activity while you are floating through some of Alaska's most beautiful wilderness. Hone your senses in spotting Bald Eagles and their nests.  Keep your eyes open for bear and moose on the river's edge. You'll take a brief break and share in some local folklore with your guide while snacking on the operators' world famous homemade GORP (trail mix) and refreshments, which are provided for you. Children must weigh at least 35lbs.


Raft Tour #3
Chulitna River
19 miles
4 Hrs
Daily Departure
6:30 am, 2 pm
$139 per adult
$119 per child (10 & under)
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Raft nineteen miles of the glacial-fed Chulitna through the wildlands of Denali State Park. Throughout the float, a stunning view of Mt. McKinley (20,320') and the entire Alaska Range provide a spectacular backdrop. This remote portion of the Chulitna River is prime Bald Eagle, Bear, Salmon and Moose habitat. On clear days, the view is unparalleled for photo opportunities. Children must weigh at least 35lbs.


Raft Tour #4
Rail & Raft Combo
4 1/2 Hrs
Thurs-Mon only
June 1-Sept 8
Departs 11:30am
$179 per adult
$120 per child (12 & under)
Lunch & gear included.
4 person minimum.
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Ride the Alaska Railroad's Flag Stop Hurricane Train (one of that last flag stop trains in America) from the historic Talkeetna townsite depot to 11 miles north of Talkeetna.  Hike down to the Susitna River to your rafts. Floating this pristine glacial fed river offers many beautiful wilderness scenes - eagles flying by, salmon jumping in the river, moose crossing the side creeks, an occasional bear stalking fish along the river banks; all of these things are possible to see in the wilderness of Alaska. We certainly don't promise seeing them on this tour, but it is possible and it is the wilderness of Alaska. Along the float trip you'll stop on one of the islands and receive your complimentary "Flag Stop Rail n Raft" 6 pack cooler filled with your delicious gourmet lunch which includes, a generous sandwich on a freshly baked whole grain bun filled with Alaskan lettuces, variety of cheeses, and various deli meats topped with a special sauce, fresh fruit, cheese stick, chips, freshly baked cookie, Krismoos trail mix, Alaska Railroad M&Ms, and bottled water. After lunch you will continue on your wilderness soft adventure floating on the mighty Susitna River for some 12 miles of river back to the town of Talkeetna. Rafting gear provided. Rain gear/ponchos, boots, stocking caps and gloves are also available on each tour. Children must weigh at least 35lbs


Raft Tour #5
Denali Raft & Kayak Combo
Full Day
7AM Pick-up from Talkeetna
8AM Pick-up from Princess McKinley Lodge
$249 per person
children 12 & under $179
Lunch & gear included
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Reserve Denali State Park Raft and Kayak Combo Day Trip

Summary: Kayak on Byers lake, lunch, raft Chulitna river

Description: Explore Denali State Park's beautiful waterways and wildlife on this full day excursion!! We will pick you up from your lodge and transport you to Byers Lake where you will glide through its tranquil waters on single or tandem Sit-On-Top kayaks. Watch for resident trumpeter swans, loons and beavers. Paddle over pools of spawning salmon and look for the bears and eagles that come to feed on them. After your paddle we will visit the historic Mary Cary's McKinley View Lodge and enjoy a warm lunch and unparalleled views of Denali and the Alaska range. We will then head to the river to embark on a peaceful, scenic rafting float that takes you through the stunning Chulitna Canyon and ends 19 miles downstream in the town of Talkeetna. Experience stunning vistas of Denali and the Alaska Range, as well as the Talkeetna Mountains. You will have opportunities to view moose, grizzly bears, black bears, eagles, and other wildlife as your guide leads you through the history and mystique of the area.

Note: We will provide you with splash gear, boots or water shoes and dry bags for cameras. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver, so they are great for beginners or experienced paddlers. Our rafts are oared by your guide.


Denali State Park - Byers Lake
2 1/2 -3 hr
9:15am, 12:45am, 4:15pm
$99 per person
children 12 & under $69
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Reserve Denali State Kayak Trip

Summary: Kayak on Byers lake

Enjoy the beauty of Byers Lake and the adjacent Curry Ridge. Observe water fowl such as loon and swan.
The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver, so they are great for beginners or experienced paddlers. You can ride single or tandem.


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