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Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures

22333 South Talkeetna Spur Rd, Talkeetna, AK 99676
+1 907-733-2223
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Informative and interesting

Went on this tour and was seriously impressed with the boat handling skills of the skipper in a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Steven G
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Townsville, Australia
via mobile
Jet boat ride

Skipper is a young man but had very good knowledge of river behavior and excellent boat handling... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Newandold
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Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures is a family owned business that has been in operation for over 30 years. We are located approximately 2 hours north of Anchorage, just 14 miles off the Parks Highway, on your way north to Denali National Park or Fairbanks. There are 3 different tours that you can choose from, with varying lengths and adventure, each offering something different. All trips include our 1/4 mile nature walk where Naturalists will talk with you about the early settlers in the area (the Dena'ina Indians and trappers)and show how basically and rustically they lived with the authentic replications of their dwellings. Our premier trip is the Devil's Canyon Tour where you will be able to experience Class V whitewater in the 45' jet boat, all while staying safe, dry and comfortable. There is also the Three Rivers Tour, where you will travel on the Chulitna River. This river is a braided river which offers a unique and picturesque experience. Alaska is one of 4 areas in the world that has an extensive braided river system.
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22333 South Talkeetna Spur Rd, Talkeetna, AK 99676
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went on this tour and was seriously impressed with the boat handling skills of the skipper in a fast flowing river. Made it a comfortable ride. His knowledge was excellent as well. He is of First Nation descent and passed on a lot more information...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Skipper is a young man but had very good knowledge of river behavior and excellent boat handling skill, he walked the boat very smoothly not everyone can't walk the boat smoothly as he could. River trip was wonderful seeing many wildlife along the bank of...More

1  Thank Newandold
Sharon H, Manager at Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I don't know which of our captains you had, but you'd be surprised, most of them aren't as young as they look :) It is great that you saw wildlife--it is certainly a bonus on our trips--not always expected but appreciated when it happens. Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is friendly and the trip is interesting. Not much wildlife seeing with the exception of bald eagles. The river is interesting but basically you take the same route the train does. The white water is fun to see but if you have experienced...More

Thank hjensen90
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not our favorite adventure on our trip, but it was interesting being on the Susitna River and the guides were interesting. Wildlife is a bit hard to see sometimes, but that's because they are wild. The main guide probably stopped a bit more...More

Thank Denali5540
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a bit unsure at first - the river was running very fast and their boat dock was not useable- but no worries, they pulled right up to shore and got us safely aboard. The guide and boat captain were very knowledgeable about the...More

1  Thank Freedbeach2
Sharon H, Manager at Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Wow--you certainly provided a great description of our tour--thanks! The usability of our docks can some times be compromised by our water levels, which is why we have the alternative loading area that you experienced. I like to think that the fast current of our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip up the Talkeetna River and 2 others. Highlight was seeing bald eagles, and especially salmon running. At one point we were close to a rocky stream and watched as a salmon attempted to climb to spawn, but got hung up...More

1  Thank W7475SMthomasf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fun 2 hour tour by jetboat with a very shallow draught up the Talkeetna River, passing the area where the Susitna River flows into the Talkeetna River. Our tour guide Israel, sorry if name is mispelt, and his assistant where terrific guides...More

1  Thank Salpal2014
Sharon H, Manager at Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Since you didn't have your zoom lens, it just means that you have to come back and visit us again! :) We would love to have you back. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and sharing your thoughts and suggestions with others.

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like theme park rides, this is for you. The jet boats make a lot of noise and the rapids make more and when you get right up to the must-turn-around-or-die point the thrill of danger is with you. A high time for kids....More

Thank dnakason
Sharon H, Manager at Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We really appreciate your taking the time to let other reviewers know of your experience. Unfortunately, our boats are a little loud, as boats can tend to be, but we do try to compensate for that with having a sound system on the boats. Some...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome tour Mahays jetboat tour Clean, informative & alot of fun. We visited Talkeetna on a sunny clear day & had beautiful view from the boat!!! I was very impressed by the staff as we needed to catch the rail back to Anchorage & they...More

1  Thank Belinda L
Sharon H, Manager at Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you had a nice day when visiting us this summer. Your comments are greatly appreciated and thank you for appreciating our great hardworking staff.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our trip with Captain Isreal was one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska. The captain's ability to hold the boat steady in the middle of the rapids was unbelievable. Very exciting ride, interesting commentary and Athapascan village tour, all on an enclosed jet...More

1  Thank ehoezee
Sharon H, Manager at Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sounds like you enjoyed our Devil's Canyon Tour and we are so happy about that. Thanks for letting us and others know.

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CStockstell
21 July 2016|
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Response from RelaxedCouple92595 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, marine style, depending on your tour, you might get to stop and use an outhouse.
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Cynthia H
2 June 2016|
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Response from JimKehoe | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. If you desire, you can leave them on the boat while doing the land portion of the trip. The pilot of the boat stays with the boat, so you can have some degree of security.
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