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Denali Southside River Guides

Byers Lake Campground Rd., Denali State Park, Talkeetna, AK 99676
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Had the Lake to Ourselves -- Beautiful

We did a Byers Lake Kayak tour. Our driver picked us up at Princess Wilderness Lodge, and it was a... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
Jennifer H
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Dallas, Texas
Fun morning kayaking around Byers Lake

We booked a morning kayaking trip through the Princess lodge outside Denali, and were taken by van... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Ccjello
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Kansas City, Missouri
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Byers Lake Campground Rd., Denali State Park, Talkeetna, AK 99676
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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...More

Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 4 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...More

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Reviewed 14 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....More

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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...More

Thank Jennifer T
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

We visited with our family group of 6 including some teenagers. These guys were very helpful and have everything you need to have a safe, fun visit. We rented 3 canoes including oars and life jackets for a total of $75 for an hour, and...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017

We had a group of five on our trip. We were picked up from our lodging in Talkeetna and then driven to Byers Lake in Denali State Park. There we were provided boots or crocks and waders to keep us dry on the kayak around...More

Thank Angelina_Red
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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
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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
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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
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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
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