Scenic Portage Rafting

Take in the views of vast mountain peaks, alpine glaciers and lush forests as we float down Portage River from Portage Lake. Your guide will interpret the glaciated landscape as you sit back and relax keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Portage Valley boasts a healthy population of black bear, moose, eagles and even an elusive wolf pack. Later in summer, salmon spawn in the clear creeks enriching the entire valley with nutrients. Enjoy a hot beverage and snack floating down the river with your small group. This is an accessible Alaskan adventure for all (not whitewater) and great for ages 2-102. Tour time is 3hrs from Girdwood meet. We love the morning time on the river, but you can choose a 9am, 11am, 1pm or 3pm departure. Ask us how to add guaranteed wildlife to your tour!

May to September

Duration 3 Hours

9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm Daily

Adult $149 / Child (under 14) $119

Tour Information

Full Tour Description

All levels, all ages adventure! Our float begins on the vast Portage Lake and weather depending, we will explore the lake before heading down the river. Occasionally, icebergs can be seen in the lake.

This valley has a healthy population of moose, black bears, bald eagles, and all five species of salmon that run up the river later in the summer and early fall. We will take a break on a gravel bar under one of Portage Valley’s alpine glaciers to take in the view and look for animal prints.

Specialized in small or private groups with decades of experience as Alaskan guides.


Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made using our online booking system, over the phone by calling 907-382-1050 or by emailing us. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation, however, it will not be charged until the date of your tour pending cancellation within 7 days.

Tour Price & Inclusions

Scenic Portage Rafting – Adult $149 / Child (under 14) $119

Snacks and hot drinks are provided.

*Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price. If you like the ride, Tip the guide!

**All tours on USFS land are subject to a $7 land use fee per person

What to Wear

Bring layers and hiking shoes.

Lifejackets and rain layers (if needed) are provided.

Additional Options

Add a custom Portage Valley Hike for $59 Adult/$39 Child OR a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for $49 per person.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation within 7 days of your scheduled departure will be charged full price unless medical emergency with documentation – NO EXCEPTIONS.

A cancellation prior to 7 days will receive full refund.

There is no charge if the weather prevents your trip from happening. Glacier City’s guides determine weather cancellations and there is no refund for partial trips due to weather or client issues.

Weather Disclaimer

We go rain or shine, we always have a good time! Trips are not canceled due to weather.


We are located in Girdwood, Alaska approximately 35 miles south of Anchorage on the corner of the New Seward and Alyeska Highways. Take the New Seward Highway “1” south out of Anchorage to mile marker 90. Girdwood is the biggest town you will come to after leaving Anchorage. You will see signs for Girdwood and the Alyeska Resort. Turn left (the only left into town) onto the Alyeska Highway and then make an immediate right into the Tesoro Gas Station & Mini-mall. There are several shops attached to the gas station. Our shop is the Great Alaskan Tourist Trap located next to the Ice Cream Shop. Its an upscale gift shop with a humorous twist. This is where we will, “Suit ya and boot ya”


Glacier City Snowmobile Tours provides free transportation in the Girdwood Valley. Options from Anchorage include all major car rental agencies or private transportation. If you prefer private transportation, we recommend Four Seasons Transportation – call Dave at 1-907-744-4946. Cost is $138 each way for up to 4 people. There is no public transportation from Anchorage.


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