Talkeetna River Rafting Trips

The Talkeetna River is an epic Alaska Rafting Trip!



The Talkeetna River is an epic Alaska rafting trip! For the first 30 miles of its length, the Talkeetna is pristine and mild, taking a braided, meandering path across the valley floor. Sweeping views of towering peaks sandwiching a vast glacial outwash plain dominate this area. We paddle peacefully through this area snacking and enjoying the scenery.

After flowing past its confluence with Prairie Creek, however, the river changes character and enters Talkeetna Canyon. Cutting a steep walled canyon, the river drops 30-40 feet per mile and forms over 10 miles of continuous Class IV whitewater. After emerging from the canyon, the river returns to its previously mild character, making for a pleasant paddle back to Talkeetna.

Expeditions begin in the town of Talkeetna, where we board a bushplane and fly to our launch point, 60 air miles away in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountain range. You get a real feeling of isolation when the plane leaves and the Talkeetna Canyon stands between you and "town." The excitement builds as we paddle past Prairie Creek area, listening carefully for the roar of rapids.

Our Talkeetna River guides are experts! We'll run the "Toilet Bowl" as we enter the canyon and then hang on as we surf and slam our way through the ten miles of whitewater known as the "Sluice Box." With challenging whitewater set in a remote and pristine wilderness setting, the Talkeetna Canyon stands alone as one of the classic runs in American whitewater. After emerging from the canyon, we'll camp one more night near Disappointment Creek. An odd name for a beautiful camp.

We have two different trip itineraries available for the Talkeetna River: a 5-day/4-night expedition and a 3-day/2-night expedition. Our 5-day/4-night trip spends two days in the upper headwaters area and allows for a full layover day near for Prairie Creek for hiking and exploring. The Prairie Creek area is known for its excellent fishing. For those on tighter schedules we offer a 3-day trip which spends only one day in the headwaters area and skips the layover day at Prairie Creek. Both trips spend their last night camped near Disappointment Creek. We depart Disappointment Creek in the morning, arriving back in Talkeetna in the afternoon. All trips require a minimum group size of four people in order to be run, so start organizing your "crew" ASAP.

The following schedule is a sample 5-day itinerary. Our 3-day trip itinerary eliminates Days 1 and 3 from the 5-day schedule. All Talkeetna River trips require that you meeting us in Talkeetna the evening prior to Day 1 for a pre-trip orientation meeting, packing, etc. We can help with arrangements for lodging and transport to Talkeetna -- It's no problem -- just call us.


Day 1 -- Early morning start. Fly in to raft launch at Yellowjacket Creek. Raft approximately 5-10 miles. Camp out that night.
Day 2 -- We paddle to Prairie Creek. We will be paddling through some of the best fishing in Alaska. Camp out that night.
Day 3 -- Day 3 is a scheduled free day at the confluence of Prairie Creek and the Talkeetna River. Opportunities abound for hiking, fishing and photos. Camp out that night.
Day 4 -- We run Talkeetna River Canyon to Disappointment Creek. This is our last night camping out.
Day 5 -- End the river trip mid-afternoon in Talkeetna

5 day/4 night Expedition $2100.00 per person
3 day/3 night Expedition $1450.00 per person

Contact us to book

Upon reserving a Talkeetna trip we will contact you with the meeting place depending on which air charter firm we are using.

Client will need to provide this info for each trip as I can't find it all listed on the current site, should state what they provide e.g. dry suits, hot tub and what customers needs to bring e.g. warm clothing, swimsuit, towel, waterproof camera etc...


For all multi-day trips, please book your trip at least 30 days in advance.

We will require a 50% deposit at the time of booking and full payment 30 days in advance.

Upon receipt of your deposit, we will contact you to confirm the reservation and detail what we provide, what to bring, and rendezvous locations.

For more information about booking a multi-day trip, please contact the office directly at info@chugachoutdoorcenter.com or (866) 277-7238. If you can't decide when or where you want to go in Alaska, call us. We're more than happy to help you plan the best Alaska vacation possible. The raft trip may just be a small part of that overall package. No Problem. We know that if you have an enjoyable time and get a good value you'll be back-with us. With information such as your budget, the time you have available and activities you would prefer, we can make plenty of suggestions for places to go and things to do.

Please call to learn about Military and Group discounts!


Due to the difficulty of paddling Class V whitewater it is absolutely necessary that all passengers be physically capable of meeting this rigorous challenge.
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Chugach Outdoor Center is committed to ensuring your safety on the river.
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Make sure you are informed about Risk and Responsibilty for our rafting trips.
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