On the Canyon Wave Raft Tour, you'll journey through 11 miles of awesome rapids on the Nenana River with spectacular views of Denali National Park gems, like Mount Healy and the Nenana Canyon. Join the team as a Paddle Rafter or play it cool and be an Oar Boat Rider- whatever floats your boat.

 
 
 
 

WHITEWATER RAFTING IN DENALI

OAR BOAT & PADDLE BOAT OPTIONS

What are the differences?

OAR BOAT RIDER

This option allows you to play it cool and ride along. With an Oar Boat Rider, you can hold on and enjoy the adventure as your guide navigates you downriver. This option allows rafting in Alaska to be feasible for almost anyone. In an oar boat, guests are less likely to fall out because they are holding on. Both options – the Oar Rider and the Paddle Rafter – will be on the same stretch of river, running the same waves.

PADDLE RAFTER

This option allows you to heat it up and actively paddle through the waves with your guide. We ask that guests are 15 years of age or older to paddle. In a paddle raft, you'll ride with a professional guide steering you from the back, while you and your team paddle together. There are plenty of breaks from paddling for you to relax and enjoy the views of Denali National Park.

The Paddle Rafter demands a higher activity level than riding along in an oar boat. This option is the best for the more adventurous crowd.

 

RESERVATIONS

Reservations are strongly encouraged as trips can book quickly and some will sell-out in advance.

Please inquire about discounts. We offer very competitive pricing and have a variety of pre-season, military, group rates.

Custom trip times for 15 + groups

AVOID online courtesy booking fee CALL or EMAIL to make a reservation

PICK UP & DROP OFF INFORMATION

Customers can be picked up at the provided list of hotels. Please wait in the front lobby of the hotel with a voucher. 

8 am Wilderness Wave 

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 7:15 am

  • Denali Park Village 7:20 am 

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 7:25 am

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 7: 30 am

  • Grand Denali Hotel 7:40 am

  • Denali Bluffs 7:50 am

  • Princess Lodge 7:55 am 

  • McKinley Chalets 8 am

10 AM Canyon Wave

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 9:15 am

  • Denali Park Village 9:20 am

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 9:25 am

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 9:30 am 

  • Grand Denali Hotel 9:40 am**

  • Denali Bluffs Hotel 9:50 am**

  • Princess Lodge 9:55 am

  • McKinley Chalets 10:00 am


 

1:30 pm Wilderness and Wave Train Trips ​

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 12:45 pm

  • Denali Park Village 12:50pm

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 12:55 pm

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 1:00 pm

  • Grand Denali Hotel 1:10 pm**

  • Denali bluffs 1:20pm**

  • Princess Lodge 1:25pm

  • McKinley Chalets 1:30 pm

3:30 Canyon Wave 

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 2:45 pm

  • Denali Park Village 2:50 pm

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 2:55 pm 

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 3:00 pm

  • Grand Denali Hotel 3:10 pm**

  • Denali Bluffs Hotel 3:20 pm**

  • Princess Lodge 3:25 pm

  • McKinley Chalets 3:30 pm