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River Rafting & Float Trips

The waterways in Southcentral Alaska provide plenty of excitement and action-filled adventure. Choose from adventurous river rafting to leisurely float trips in the surrounding area. There are many local outfitters and trip types at your disposal, please review the options below and feel free to call or email the Concierge Team with additional questions to help your selection process.

All tours listed below can be booked with Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.

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Glacier Discovery Rail & Raft

Hop aboard the Glacier Discovery Train up the Placer River Valley to the Spencer Glacier Whistlestop.  Jump in a Canoe or Raft to Experience Spencer Glacier’s Icebergs up close!  Get lost in Spencer Lake’s Iceberg Maze.  Touch an iceberg & relax as your raft guide rows you through icebergs on Spencer Lake and down the pristine Placer River Valley.  Perfect for all ages as guests are not required to paddle.  Float includes a spirited Class I rapid underneath the longest freestanding trestle bridge in the USA.  Professional guides, rain gear, rubber boots, drinks and hearty AK snack are provided.  Warm clothing recommended.

Chugach Adventures will provide transportation for Hotel Alyeska guests from Hotel Alyeska to Portage Train Station.  This will include a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center prior to boarding the train at the Portage Station.

This trip is 6-7 hours

  • Departs 11:30am 
  • Includes ¾ length rain jacket, rubber boots, and a life jacket
    Guests are asked to bring thick socks, warm layered clothes, ski hat and gloves

Portage River Float

This six-mile scenic adventure offers panoramic views while rafting through the peaceful Portage Valley. The trip starts with a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view moose, black and brown bear, caribou, wood bison and more.  Visit the Portage Glacier Visitor Center where guests can learn about glaciers while your guide rigs the raft.  From there, the raft launches from the end of Portage Lake for a scenic float trip. Guides will row down the river on this trip so that guests can relax and enjoy the landscape. This is a perfect float for all ages. 

Trip is three to four hours

  • Departs: 11 am and 5 pm (alternate times can be arranged for groups)
  • Includes ¾ length rain jacket, rubber boots, and a life jacket
  • Guests are asked to bring thick socks, warm layered clothes, ski hat and gloves
  • Minimum of 4 people required

Upgrade the Portage River Float trip and experience a salmon dinner cooked riverside.  This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an authentic Alaskan meal under Alaska’s famous midnight sun.  Stop on a gravel beach alongside the river where a delicious salmon bake dinner awaits.  The menu includes Alaska Sockeye Salmon, pasta salad with pesto and roasted peppers, Caesar salad, garlic bread, triple chocolate brownie and hot drinks.  Vegetarian and children menu options also available with advance notice.  A leisurely pace allows for plenty of sightseeing and photo opportunities.

  • Departs: 5 pm

Offered by Chugach Adventures

Tours above are available May 21 to September 15
Cancellation Policy for Glacier Discover Tour: Must be made 35 days prior to receive a 90% refund.  Inside 35 days, reservations are nonrefundable and non-changeable.
Cancellation Policy for Portage River Float: Must be made 24 hours prior to the schedule tour will receive a 50% refund.

Turnagain Pass Float Trip

For an introduction to Alaska rafting, this trip is perfect for families and groups. There seldom is whitewater on this creek, however, the creek moves fast and offers narrow sections for a taste of adventure. 

  • Trip is three hours
  • Departures:  9 am and 2 pm
  • Total length of trip is eight miles
  • Suitable for children 6 years old & up

Six Mile Creek Two Canyon

For the more adventurous, this trip consists of the first two canyons of Six Mile.  Both canyons are rated Class IV.  The third canyon can be added to the trip upon finishing the first two; this adds about an hour to the trip. All guests will take a practice swim in a calmer stretch of the creek. 

  • Trip is 3.5 hours
  • Departures: 9 am and 2 pm
  • Total length of trip is seven miles
  • Suitable for children 12 years old & up

Six Mile Creek Three Canyon

For a full-on rafting adventures, this trip takes guests through all three canyons of the Six Mile. The first and second canyon at Class IV and the third canyon is Class V. All three canyons offer big waves and drops in a very narrow gorge.  All guests will take a practice swim in a calmer stretch of the creek. 

  • Trip is five hours
  • Departures: 9 am and 2 pm
  • Total length of trip is 10 miles
  • Suitable for children 15 years old & up

Offered by Chugach Outdoor Center

Trips above are available May 10 to October 10
For all trips above, a full whitewater dry suit, life jacket, helmet and river shoes will be provided to all guests.
Guests will choose between a paddle raft and an oar boat.  With the paddle raft you will be doing the paddling.
Cancellation Policy: 48-hour cancellation notice are required for a refund.

Kenai River Scenic Float Trip

Take a float along a non-motorized stretch of the scenic Upper Kenai River. Keep watch for moose, eagles, Dall sheep, salmon, waterfowl, beaver and bears as an expert guide navigates through the snow-capped mountain scenery of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hear the stories behind the sights, wildlife, native inhabitants and early settlers, and the forces that shaped the Kenai River Valley. 

  • Trip is two hours
  • Check in: 9 am, 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm
  • Rubber boots, rain gear, personal floatation device included
  • Dress warmly with layers, hat and gloves
  • Suitable for children ages 5 & up (minimum weight of 35 pounds)

Kenai River Canyon Full Day Raft Trip

For those seeking a bit of adventure, explore the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge at the river’s pace.  Join us for an enlightening journey into unspoiled Alaska wilderness that most travelers never see.  Start with a scenic float, searching for moose, bald eagles, and salmon. Enjoy a delicious shore side picnic lunch, then ride the Class II+ spirited rapids through the Kenai River Canyon.  End your adventure with a scenic boat exploration along a pristine glacier carved lakeshore in the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • Trip is seven hours
  • Check in: 10:30 am
  • Suitable for children ages 7 & up (minimum weight of 35 pounds)
  • Please note: on rare occasions, due to weather, this trip may end with a 1.5-mile walk on an established trail. 

Offered by Alaska Wildland Adventures

Trips available May 20 to September 25
Cancellations made within 7 days to 48 hours prior to the scheduled trip will be subject to 50% charge. Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to trip departure will receive no refund. 

Contact Alyeska's Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.