McKinley Run Rafting Experience

McKinley Run Rafting Experience in Denali, Alaska (Nenana River)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the thrill of the McKinley Run, a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting, featuring class I, II, and III rapids.
  • Witness breathtaking Alaskan wildlife including moose, sheep, caribou, and bears as you raft along the scenic Nenana River.
  • Stay comfortable and dry in your provided Gore-Tex drysuit, designed to withstand freezing cold water and grant full range of movement.
  • Be led by a knowledgeable river rafting guide and opt to paddle yourself, for a more hands-on adventure.
Price: $160.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Denali (Glitter Gulch) area. Complimentary pickup from Denali area hotels is provided. Please select your desired hotel pickup location from the list above
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing layers suitable for being outdoors for hours at a time. Synthetic materials, such as fleece, polyester, polypropylene, or wool, will keep you far warmer than cotton. We also recommend wool or fleece hats, gloves, and two pairs of socks. Children must be able to fit into a dry suit. The recommended age is five or older, minimum weight 33 lbs. and 3 feet tall.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 5 years of age (minimum weight 33 lbs. and 3 feet tall), and guests must be a minimum of 15 years or older to paddle. All participants 17 years and younger must have a release waiver filled out by a parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian is not accompanying the minor, the waiver must be notarized and mailed in advance. Guests with neck, back, or hip issues, or women who are pregnant may not participate. Cameras and video equipment are not recommended, and glasses should be on a strap or retainer. Children must be able to fit into a dry suit.

The McKinley Run is a great introduction to whitewater rafting. You will float through predominately class I and II rapids (currents, small waves, and obstacles but also calm water) with one class III rapid (medium waves) for some added excitement. You may see moose, sheep, caribou and bear, as you raft downstream 11 miles along the most scenic portion of the Nenana River. This is a great trip for families!

Your first adventure is getting into your provided Gore-Tex drysuit. Drysuits were developed for people working and/or playing around freezing cold water, providing you with a waterproof exterior layer to wear over your own insulating layers. This provides the most comfortable rafting experience possible. Gore-Tex drysuits come with latex gaskets at the neck and wrists, and latex socks to keep your feet dry. Raft in comfort in and out of the water with full range of movement. We provide neoprene booties that slip over the latex sock, allowing your feet to warm themselves with your own body heat. A Coast Guard-approved Type V lifejacket is provided.

You will be led by a knowledgeable river rafting guide on a great rafting experience. If you wish to paddle during your adventure, please be aware that it requires a minimum of five or more paddlers. Raft types (oar or paddle) cannot be mixed; the guide will try to accommodate you on the same paddle raft or oar raft. Please indicate "number of guests wanting to paddle" when placing your order only if you want to paddle. Paddling is based on a minimum and cannot be guaranteed.

Please Note: If you are staying in the Talkeetna area (McKinley Princess Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, etc.), you are approximately 100 miles from the Denali Park main gate area, from where this tour departs. You are responsible for your own transportation to the Denali area.