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Denali Southside River Guides

34996 South Hopper Drive, Talkeetna, AK 99676
+1 907-733-7238
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Byers Lake Kayak

Our party of 5 had no kayaking experience but this posed no problem. We Kayaked in the rain but we... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
Kathleen S
Kitchener, Canada
Great location for kayaking!

This is a great lake for kayaking for all ages, especially if you don't have much previous... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Amanda S
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Denali Southside River Guides specializes in full & half day raft and kayak adventures in Talkeetna and Denali State Park.Come see the beauty of Denali State Park by exploring its water ways and seeing its wildlife! Visit the tranquil waters of Byers Lake, the largest lake in Denali State Park, 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. Enjoy a warm lunch at a the historic Mary Cary's McKinley View Lodge. Head to the glacial river to embark on a scenic rafting float trip fully oared by your guide. Enjoy stunning vistas of Denali and the Alaska Range and beautiful canyon walls.
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34996 South Hopper Drive, Talkeetna, AK 99676
+1 907-733-7238

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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Our party of 5 had no kayaking experience but this posed no problem. We Kayaked in the rain but we were provided with all the gear necessary and stayed nice and dry. Our guide Ashley was great. She instructed us in technique and was very...More

Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a great lake for kayaking for all ages, especially if you don't have much previous experience in a kayak. We booked with Denali Southside guides outside of our land tour and they picked us up promptly at McKinley Princess Lodge. It was raining,...More

Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We kayaked & rafted. Simon & Murph were interesting, patient, professional, knowledgeable and friendly.Saw moose. Ate a delicious lunch. They had great rain gear & although it rained for part of our trip, the weather changes quickly up here & we saw lots of sun...More

Thank ColleenGrazioso
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We did the Byers lake kayak trip and had a wonderful time. Our guide - Nate- was great. The scenery was beautiful. We had an amazing view of the mountain- which is rare and got some great photos of the mountain over the lake. On...More

Thank Teri H
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We took this excursion from the Mt McKinley Process Lodge. It was just a short bus ride to the lake. Dry bags, waterproof pants and crocs were provided. We had a beautiful day for kayaking around the lake. We were a small group of 3...More

Thank EnjoyTravelling13
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We were a bit dubious about this trip because the weather wasn't great when we arrived in Mt McKinley. We decided to swap our morning kayak trip for the afternoon before and that proved a wise decision as the afternoon weather was good, no rain...More

Thank Cfactorminus1
Reviewed 13 September 2015

While we were in Alaska we were looking for a kayak trip that would be fun for my sister but easy for my mom. I came across the Denali Southside River Guides and their trip at Byers Lake in Denali State Park. We had a...More

1  Thank Nancye R
Reviewed 8 September 2015

My family and I did the kayak and float trip with Southside river guides last week and it was incredible. Our day started with an on time pickup at our lodge, courteous and fun driver who was very knowledgeable. We were driven to Byers lake...More

4  Thank Melissa D
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

This trip was one of the best and most memorable days one can experience on vacation. The guide team Craig, Simon and Jake were knowledgable, fun and just awesome guys. The kayaking 30 miles from MT Denali and then the rafting trip back provided views...More

1  Thank George W
Reviewed 19 August 2015

My son and I had a really wonderful experience kayaking around Byers Lake. The guides were really nice, and very informative. It was a very calm day on the lake, with approximately 1 -2 hours of kayaking - could be a little strenuous when paddling...More

Thank Erin P
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