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Canyon Wave Whitewater Rafting

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3 ½ Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
11-Mile River Float
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On the Nenana River
Transportation Included
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To and from local lodgings
Thrilling Whitewater
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Class III & IV rapids


A true treat for adventure enthusiasts, take on class IV rapids of the Nenana River on the Canyon Wave Whitewater Rafting! You’ll power through “Coffee Grinder,” “Razorback,” and “Ice Worm” for a wet and wild Denali whitewater rafting adventure. Prepare to hold on tight and get your dry gear wet as you adventure down 11 miles of gorgeous, glorious river. With the oar raft option, your expert guide will take your team down the waves and turns while you hang on tight and enjoy the ride. For larger groups, you can opt for the much more hands-on option of a paddle raft. With this option, you’ll take on the Canyon Wave Whitewater Rafting for yourselves. As your expert guide at the back of the raft leads the charge, each rafter will have a part in your trip down the river. You’ll need to be on your toes & ready to follow instructions to safely guide your raft through the adventure ahead.

After convenient pickup from your local lodgings, you’ll start out the Canyon Wave Whitewater Rafting with a detailed safety briefing to prepare you for your trip. You’ll also take the time to gear up in your dry gear to keep you safe on the water. If you’ve, chosen the paddle raft option for this tour, pay extra attention to your guide’s instructions, so you’re ready to participate in your Denali whitewater rafting debut. You’ll then head out on a 2-hour river adventure, jam-packed with thrills & natural beauty. Your knowledgeable guide will keep you safe on the river, leading you expertly through the rapids, while also entertaining you with tales of the area, information about the river, and the occasional cheesy joke. Safe in your gore-tex dry suits, you’ll understand the thrill of waves crashing over the front of the boat, while remaining warm & dry! So bring your sense of adventure & prepare for memories of excitement that will last a lifetime on the Canyon Wave Whitewater Rafting.


If you prefer kayaking on flat water over Denali whitewater rafting, you might consider the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek.

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guides
Equipment & Gear: Drysuits, River Shoes, Life Jackets, Helmets, & Paddles
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear for this tour?
For maximum comfort, we recommend wearing non-cotton base layers, such as polyester or wool, yoga pants, long johns, or snug-fitting clothes underneath the drysuit. Don't forget to bring a rain jacket and two pairs of non-cotton socks to help you stay warm. If you wear glasses, make sure to bring eyeglass retainers! Keep in mind that you will get wet during this tour, so make sure to come prepared.
Are there rapids on this tour?
Yes! There are expansive stretches of river with Class III and IV rapids that you must traverse with the help of your team and your guide! If you've never gone rafting before, don't be intimidated; your guide is highly experienced and will guide you safely through the rapids. Embark on an exhilarating journey and experience the thrill of Denali's whitewater rafting!
What should I bring to this tour?
Your booking includes all necessary rafting gear and guides, including GCX3 Breathable Gull Drysuits, Type 5 Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), helmets, river shoes, transportation to and from the river, a courtesy shuttle from your hotel to the excursion site, and a secure location to store your personal belongings during the rafting trip.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 12 years old
We offer 2 raft options; an oar raft (where the guide does the work), and a paddle-raft when available (where you paddle along with the guide).
This tour cannot accommodate pregnant women.
Must be age 15+ to paddle.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts



3h 30min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 3h 30min • 4 activities

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Hop aboard the complimentary shuttle to the tour site and prepare for your adventure

30 minutes
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Take a comprehensive safety briefing as you're fitted with the necessary equipment for the tour

30 minutes
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Challenge yourself and nature for 2 whole hours as you experience the famous Alaskan whitewaters

2 hours
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Kick back and relax in the complimentary shuttle as you head back to your local lodgings

30 minutes