Alaska Wilderness Raft Trips

Alaska Wilderness Raft Trips

These Alaska river rafting trips are the natural way to access Alaska’s wilderness! With thousands of Alaska rivers to choose from, NOVA has spent 40 years developing Alaskan river rafting and fishing trips that offer the very best experiences for the particular region. From scenic to whitewater, we have an Alaska wilderness river trip to suit most anyone’s desire.
We make it easy to participate by providing everyone with top of the line camping and river gear. All you need is recommended clothing, and personal hygiene items.

Talkeetna River - 3 Day Alaska Wilderness Rafting Trip

Our most popular multi day trip. Bush plane flight, 10 to 12 miles of class IV whitewater, good fishing and wildlife. Fly out and float back

$1,675/person July
$1,550/person June & Aug

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Chickaloon River - 2 or 3 Day Wilderness Rafting Trip

This unique trip includes includes bush plane flight seeing access and float out on class III whitewater.

$950 per person / 2 Day
$1350 per person / 3 Day

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Matanuska River - 1.5 Day Overnight Rafting Trip
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Affordable trip combines Lion Head whitewater or Matanuska Glacier float with scenic lower segment to Chickaloon.

$475 / person, $299 children 5 - 11
10% discount for 4 or more.

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Copper River - 6 Day Alaska Wilderness Rafting Trip

The Copper is one big river - Alaska's 4th largest. Exceptional views, good wildlife and World Heritage Site. Interior to coast float. This is an epic adventure.

$2,900 / person

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These are the most affordable and popular trips because of their access and length. All multi-day trips include top of the line gear that meet the demand for providing comfort in our environment and ease to participate. All you need are personal items such as hygiene items and clothing suggestions which are outlined and sent to you when you book. That way your not looking for the correct sleeping bag for example, and you won’t need to lug it around on the rest of your Alaska touring.

If you are interested in another particular area or river contact us. It is highly likely we’ve been there before and possible that we can put it together for you or direct you in the right direction.

For day trips and fishing trips in the Copper River Basin, visit our affliate company River Wrangellers.

"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.