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Denali Southside River Guides
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Came off Kesugi Ridge not knowing how we were going to get back to our vehicle at Little Coal Creek and discovered this shuttle service. Friendly, reliable, accommodating. Who could ask for anything more?

Thank Marc J
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

We did a Byers Lake Kayak tour. Our driver picked us up at Princess Wilderness Lodge, and it was a short, pleasant ride to the launch area in Denali State Park. We had 2 adults, a 9 year old, and a 5 year old.They had rubber boots and a dry suit for all of us (both adults are large, so it was nice that they had gear that fit). It was just the 4 of us and guide. It was a bit windy out in the middle of the lake, but our guide was patient and helpful (especially with the little ones) and we were so proud to make it all the way across to explore the other shoreline and the little coves where the salmon would have been spawning if we'd been a couple weeks later (we were there in late June, and they were expecting the lake to fill with salmon in a week or so according to our guide). Even though we were a little too early for wildlife (salmon and bears eating them), it was a lovely few hours with beautiful views. We had the place to ourselves so it was quiet and awe inspiring. We did see a moose along the road on the way back to the lodge.

Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We booked a morning kayaking trip through the Princess lodge outside Denali, and were taken by van to Byer's Lake for an excursion with Denali Southside River Guides. We were provided with necessary equipment, including boots, waterproof pants, a waterproof jacket, and a dry bag for phones and cameras. Then we walked a half mile or so to the lake's edge, where we stepped into our kayaks and started on our adventure. Aside from getting in and out of the kayaks, which was a tad tricky, things seemed pretty straightforward and I never felt like we might capsize. Once we got the hang of it, it was pretty easy to keep going in a straight line, and it was so peaceful to paddle across the lake. The guide was super helpful and very knowledge about about the lake, the ecosystem, and Alaska generally. He took photographs of everyone on the trip and e-mailed them to us, so we could have great souvenirs of our trip. Everything about the trip was nice -- but I particularly appreciate the quality of the equipment. The water protective pants, jacket, and boots were in great shape -- I didn't feel like I was wearing tattered and torn garments that eight million tourists had worn before me -- and kept me perfectly comfortable and dry. Heck, even if we had capsized, I think I would have been comfortable in the gear they provided. I was a little concerned that this excursion might be physically challenging, but I think the guides are very good about tailoring the activities to the participants. There were six of us on the trip -- I'm guessing all of us were in our fifties or sixties -- and we all kept up fine and had a great time. Overall, this was a wonderful excursion and well worth the money.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our morning paddle around beautiful Byers Lake with our guide Brian. He was very personable and very knowledgeable. The kayaks were sturdy and very stable, and the equipment was top notch, including the dry bag provided to keep my high dollar camera dry. This serene lake is a must do. We did an early morning trip and the lake was like glass, partially covered in a mist. So beautiful! Highly recommend this trip, company, and Brian.

Thank ihike04
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We were camped at Byers lake for 2 nights, so we stopped by in the morning to inquire about an overnight rental for that evening. The employee we spoke with gave us information on the rates, and we asked him if there would be any issues with them running out of kayaks later on in the day. He said it wouldn't be a problem, so we said we would be back later.

The overnight rate runs from 5pm until 9am (when they close, to when they open). We went back a little before 4, and they were closed. We spent the next hour waiting around hoping someone would be back, with no luck. It was extremely disappointing, as he knew we were coming back later. If he had just simply told us "we sometimes close early if it's slow or rainy" (it was raining when we spoke to him first thing in the morning as well) we would have rented a kayak right then and just paid the slightly higher 24 hour rate. Instead, we never got a chance to kayak the lake, so we were not impressed.

I understand closing early if business is slow. But - at least tell your customers who tell you'll they'll be back at the end of the day to rent a kayak, that you may close up early.

Thank Jennifer T
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