Denali Alaska Tours

Alaska's History


Steve Mahay fighting the treacherous whitewater of Devil's Canyon

This is a picture of Steve Mahay, owner of Mahay's Riverboat Service taming the rough whitewaters of Devil's Canyon, which had never been navigated in a powerboat. Steve is the first person to conquer Devil's Canyon. In 1991 he also made the first and only ascent up the Talkeetna Canyon using the same jetboat.

(Though this picture is of Devil's Canyon you will not be entering waters of the class you see here.)


Devil's Canyon Tour

A 130 mile round trip river excursion through Denali State Park and into the nationally registered Wild River Park of “Devil’s Gorge” will offer a safe, dry and comfortable way to experience whitewater and where only few have ventured. 

This is one of our high adventure trips, designed for the hardy adventurer wishing to experience the thrill of the ultimate Alaskan river experience.

Along the trip you will stop at our Adventure site, where you will see how the early settlers of the area lived.  The Dena'ina Indians are the earliest native settlers of the area and you will experience the Encampment and see how very basically and rustically they lived barely over 100 years ago.  There is also a visit to an authentic trapper’s cabin with its original furnishings and view how trappers lived in "Bush" Alaska at the turn of the century. Your experienced guide will display furs from the local area and demonstrate trapping methods. 

Naturalists will acquaint you with the Devil's Canyonwildflowers and plants that grow in abundance along the river system and you will learn about the edible plants that were used by the Native Americans for cooking and medicines and what is still eaten today. As you travel further into the remote Alaskan wilderness along the river you will have ever present opportunities to view nesting bald eagles, beaver activity and salmon and you just might see moose, black bear and grizzly bear roaming the shore.

Rapids in Devil's CanyonThis tour is for the more adventuresome soul. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this incredible experience. A quality deli lunch is included in this all day adventure.

Stand in the splendor of Denali and the Alaska Range from a spectacular vantage point on the Susitna River!

Experience the unforgettable beauty of this vast and remote wilderness on this five hour river adventure. Folklore, artifacts and majestic scenery at every turn and great adventure combine to make this an unforgettable and exciting Alaskan river adventure as Mahay's is the only one to be able to take you into Devil's Canyon while on your Alaskan experience.

Departs Daily: 9:30 am

Length: 5 hours

Travel Distance: 130 miles

Check in time: 1/2 hour before departure

Adults: $175.00 Children: $132.00(12 & under)

Please dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes for the nature walk. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this amazing experience.

Prices are subject to change and a fuel charge may be added.


Safari Tours


Book Online!









 black bear



Contact Us Home - Main