Alaska Half Day Raft Trips

Alaska Half Day Raft Trips

NOVA pioneered the first river rafting day trips in Alaska on the Matanuska River north of Anchorage, and the first class V whitewater trips in Alaska on Six Mile Creek south of Anchorage. All trips are 1.5 hours drive from Anchorage and along “National Scenic Byways”. Both locations offer extraordinary scenic and whitewater experiences that have been popular with Alaskans and their visiting friends and relatives for 40 years. All necessary gear is provided including the most advanced dry-suits to wear over your clothes for safety and comfort. Private trips available, call for information.

Lions Head - Whitewater Rafting Trip

Our most popular Alaska whitewater rafting trip for 40 years! Perfect for the first-timer and experienced enthusiast.

Save $20/person when combined with our "Matanuska Glacier Trips".

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Lions Head Evening - Evening River Rafting Trip

Popular with Alaskans celebrating the solstice, our evening run offers "Lion Head" with bigger waves in the soft midnight sun lighting.

Save $20/person when combined with our "Matanuska Glacier Trips".

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Six Mile Creek - Alaska's Premier Whitewater River Rafting Trip

Alaska's most thrilling and challenging whitewater raft trips are just a 1 hour and 15 minute drive south from downtown Anchorage!

$99/ person - 2 canyons
$149/ person - 3 canyons
+ $5.40 / person National Forest Fee

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Glacier Float - Half Day River Rafting
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This unique Alaska rafting trip starts near its' source, the Matanuska Glacier.

$45 children 5 to 11 years old.
Both include the Glacier Park access fee.

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Kings River: Rafting Combo - Heli or Bike Access

This back country river trip is combined with a helicopter flight to access the put-in.

$950 / person

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Are you a First Timer?

Give us a call and find out how easy it is to experience rafting and whitewater. We have river experiences for everyone including the physically challenged. In fact, most of our clients have been first-timers! For more information call or see our River Classification information. 

Combine a "Lion Head" trip on the Matanuska River with any of our Matanuska Glacier day adventures for a full day outing and $20 river trip discount. 

Got a group or want a private trip?

We can handle groups of 35 on most days and to 80 with enough lead time - there’s a group discount too!

These trips are ideal for...

  • Family reunions
  • Wedding parties
  • Company parties
  • Team building

"Our NOVA Talkeetna trip was perfect!!! We have told and re-told our stories a hundred times this week and bragging to people returning from the beach that we had the best vacation of all. Please accept our thanks, and our congratulations for being the best of the best."

Margie Elsberg, Maryland

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River ClassificationsX

So you can better understand the classification of rivers and decide whether it will be suitable for you, we have listed the six classes as provided by the American Whitewater Affiliation, along with our professional opinion and policy for suitability. (Please note: these descriptions and ratings listed for individual rivers, can vary considerably with differing water levels. Please use the ratings as a general guideline only).

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Class I

Easy. Fast-moving water with riffles and small waves. Suitable for anyone age 5 and older, including the physically challenged.


Class II

Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily avoided. Suitable for same as class I.


Class III

Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid. Large waves and strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Injuries while swimming are rare. Suitable for those who don't mind getting a little wet, otherwise same as class I and II.


Class IV

Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passagesdemanding fast maneuvers under pressure. risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self rescue difficult. Suitable for those 12 and older, in good physical condition, and comfortable with the remote prospect of swimming for self rescue. With NOVA's experienced guides, this level is recommended for first-timers as well as those with prior experience.


Class V

Obstructed or very violent rapids which expose a participant to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, conjested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. Suitable for those who are comfortable with water, able to swim and in good physical condition. NOVA requires all participants to engage in a supervised practice self rescue river swim ( with lifejacket and dry suit, of course) before the trip to help demistyfy the experience. Minimum age 16 years.


Class VI

These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty. Experts only! Rescues may be impossible. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.