Scenic and Wildlife rafting on the Kenai

Scenic and Wildlife rafting on the Kenai

Scenic and Wildlife rafting on the Kenai

Scenic and Wildlife rafting on the Kenai

Scenic and Wildlife rafting on the Kenai

Kenai River Scenic Rafting

For over 30 years, Great Alaska Adventures has been offering Kenai River rafting and floating on some of the most beautiful rivers in Alaska with our guests, and it remains one of our favorite ways to experience the incredible flora and fauna of the Kenai Peninsula. Depending upon the location we are floating, we may be drifting in our safe and comfortable Willie Boat Welded Aluminum Mackenzie river drift boats, or our custom inflatable catarafts. Our scenic rafting trips drift the unique and amazing Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in two separate locations- Perfect for singles, couples, small or large families, even corporate groups, these unique floats are great for all ages.

​Kenai River Refuge Float

This incredible Kenai River bald eagle float trip floats the headwaters of the mighty Kenai River as it departs Kenai Lake and heads toward Cook Inlet. Moose, Brown and Black Bear, Lynx, Beaver, Otter Ermine and more call this area home. With Kenai lake as a headwaters, we'll also hope to see Bald Eagles, Cormorant, Harlequin Ducks and more. During the float, the river changes from gentle and meandering to rushing and back again, passing islands, channels and an always changing landscape- ending with a spectacular back channel run with numerous Eagles nests, spawning salmon beds and always snow capped peaks looking down from above. A truly amazing float.

Skilak Lake Bald Eagle Float

This may be the most perfect wild Bald Eagle viewing float on the planet...during it's 16 mile length, your float will traverse huge, aquamarine Skilak Lake, nestled in the rugged Chugach Mountains and fed by the Harding Ice Field- North America's second largest continuous ice sheet. The middle Kenai's unusually gorgeous, clear turquoise water flows slowly over Alaska's premier salmon spawning beds..miles upon miles of perfect pea-sized gravel for the salmon to spawn . These perfect salmon conditions bring some of the worlds greatest salmon runs, and in turn a large, thriving and growing population of the mighty Bald eagle. You'll float by dozens of active bald Eagle nests (("aeries")overlooking the tranquil middle stretch of the Kenai River, as you drift through back channels and under black Spruce and Cottonwood trees (the Eagles' favorite for their nests) before ending at a gentle bit of whitewater at Naptowne Rapids, and finally ending right at our riverside resort and your waterfront cabins.

​During your floats

Lunch will be served shore side by your guide and during the floats your guide will point out salmon spawning beds, flora and fauna and answer you questions about the area we are visiting for the day. We have floated millions of miles of Kenai and Kasilof river over our 25+ years of floating and paddling the Kenai Peninsula and our guides are expert, personable companions to share nature's wonders with.

Four scenic floats to choose from

If you'd like to experience one or all of these great floats: These floats are available on a number of our itineraries- here are four to choose from:

  • Kenai Multi Sport Safari - For the wildlife loving crowd that loves to break a sweat! Mountain biking, Hiking, Whitewater rafting, Glacial Lake kayaking and more- returning each day to the riverside lodge for happy hour.
  • National Park Wildlife Safari - Our most popular wildlife viewing trip- 7 big days on the Kenai (Bears, glaciers, end of the road touring) plus 3 days in and around Denali National Park. A truly epic wildlife and sightseeing experience.
  • Family Adventure Safari - Our most popular family experience- scenic rafting, hiking, brown bear viewing and with just a touch of fishing-all featuring 50% off kids 15 and under! (restrictions apply).
  • Great Alaska National Park Photo Safari - One of our favorite trips! Our National Park Safari with the emphasis on photography, and hosted by a renowned Alaskan wildlife Photographer, Cathy Hart.

National Park Wildlife Safari

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Kenai Multi-Sport Adventure

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The Greatland Safari

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The Bucket List

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Alaska National Park Photo Safari

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Ultimate Family Adventure

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Alaskan Weekend Adventure

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Kenai Explorer Safari

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