Talkeetna River

3 Day Alaska Wilderness Rafting Trip

Class II - IV Whitewater

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Talkeetna River
Trip Type: 3 Day River Raft
Season: June 15 - September 14
Start Time: 7:30 am check-in
Duration: 3 days
Location: Talkeetna
River Grade: Class II - IV Whitewater
Age Limit: 12 yrs min.
Price: $1,675/person July
$1,550/person June & Aug
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Our Talkeetna River trip checks in at Talkeetna Air Taxi at the Talkeetna Airport.


Talkeetna River trip, our most popular Alaska multi-day class III & IV whitewater river rafting trip!

Our Talkeetna River trip is so special in so many ways it's considered the premier Alaska wilderness whitewater raft trip, and it’s our most popular multi day river trip.

The fly-out, float-back format starts with an exciting bush plane flight from the Talkeetna Airport. This gives you an excellent overview of the Talkeetna Mountains and the wilderness this river travels through. Strong salmon runs are found along the Talkeetna River which encourage bears along the shore for good photograph opportunities! Caribou frequently wander in from the nearby Nelchina herd, and we often see moose and eagles by the river.

One of the highlights of the upper Talkeetna River is the class III and IV whitewater through the heavily forested Talkeetna Canyon. Depending on water level there's 10 to 14 miles of nonstop whitewater, one of the longest rapids in North America! 

On our final day we float into the wide Susitna Valley where we can catch a view of Mt. McKinley on a clear day and get some last-minute fishing in before reaching Talkeetna. If you like, you’ll still have time for an optional flightsee of Mt. McKinley out of Talkeetna Airport.

2015 Talkeetna River Trip Dates. Contact us if these dates don't work for you.

More information on the 3 day Talkeetna River Trip, download this PDF filepdf.

"I want to take this opportunity to tell you what a great time we had on your Talkeetna River trip. Your guides were superbly skilled in maneuvering through the canyon rapids which immediately allowed us to enjoy the excitement of the whitewater. Having participated in numerous commercial and private river trips, we were most impressed with your guide’s skills and the quality of your equipment."

Kevin Dickson, Flor

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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.