Paddling a kayak puts us in touch with Alaska's wildlife and nature upclose and personal. Gliding along silently and seeing a whale surfacing right besides you is one of the things you might experience on a kayak trip in Alaska.
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The Savonoski Loop in Katmai National Park and a trip to the Twin Lakes in Lake Clark National Park, Wood Tikchik State Park in Southwestern Alaska are some of the places that are spectacular to explore with a kayak.
Kayak Tour Savonovski Loop, Katmai National Park
"Thanks for the amazing trip!
C. Murakami September 2012
Katmai is famous for its Grizzly Bears. If you don't like to be in a crowd overlooking Brooks Falls in Brooks Camp join us on this kayaking trip from the Bay of Islands to Grosvenor Lake and down the Savonoski River and see bears feeding on Salmon in the river. We will use folding kayaks. After a scheduled flight from Anchorage to King Salmon a float plane will drop us off at Bay of Islands or alternately at Coville Lake if you do not want to do a strenous one mile portage. From here we start our kayaking trip on our own schedule. We will set up a camp at night and enjoy the days with paddling and wildlife viewing in a quiet setting without other tourists. We also offer the entire 95 mile loop from Brooks Camp to Brooks Camp. Besides the great opportunities to see Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat this trip also has phenomenal fishing opportinities for Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout and Pike for the avid fisherman that also enjoys kayaking and wants to avoid crowds.
We added this trip to our selection of kayaking trips in 2013 after taking a trip on it with wonderful clients from Arkansas in June of 2013. Previous trips had been cancelled due to a late spring and break-up on the northern rivers. We flew in with Dirk Nikisch/Coyote Air out of Coldfoot. It is a 3 hour flight from Coldfoot. It was 80 degrees when we landed on a gravel bar on the Kokolik on June 17th. The week that followed was hot and sunny, few moskitoes and we saw a herd of musk ox, small groups of caribou. The river was running really high due to the heat and 24 hour sunlight and snowmelt. The folding kayaks we brought worked out great and all we had to do was steer them down the river. We found wonderful campsites along some clear streams coming into the gray and silty Kokolik. Our last day on the water we saw thousands of caribou of the Western Arctic Herd walk over a distant ridge for hours. We paddled 85 river miles in 8 days. The hiking on the ridges that run perpendicular to the river was great, dry tundra, easy walking, with big distant views of rolling tundra hills. Along the river there are nesting birds of prey such as golden eagles, rough-legged hawks and falcons. We saw hundreds of Canada geese along the river as well. We saw two grizzly bears up close along the river. One stood up right next to the clients and ran while paddling on the river. The other wandered close to camp, looked at us and wandered off, a perfect bear encounter.One day we were sitting in camp and watched a small group of caribou swim the river right in front of us.If you are interested in a trip on this remote seldom visited region please contact us about dates for 2014. We would love to go back there for a second trip!
guided kayaking trip on the Yukon river from Eagle to Circle
We offer this guided kayaking trip from Eagle to Circle, about 150 river miles on a scenic section of the Yukon river which is historically very interesting as well with old trapper cabins on the river banks.1898 was the beginning of the Klondike Gold Rush. The Yukon river is Alaska's lifeline, used by Alaska natives for a long time and by gold seekers and adventurers during the gold rush as well. Dog teams used to travel the Yukon River in the wintertime. Today this section is used by the Yukon Quest Sled Dog race in February a 1000 mile dog race between the two communities of Whitehorse, Canada and Fairbanks, Alaska. Join us on this unique adventure into a beautiful part of Interior Alaska and into Alaska's history.
Kayak Tour, Wood Tikchik State Park
Explore the largest State Park in the US with 1.7 million acres. Wood Tikchik is a network of rivers and lakes that are connected by small streams.In the fall the area explodes with beautiful fall colors.We will fly from Anchorage to Dillingham on a scheduled flight on Pen Air. From here a small plane will take us and our gear to the upper Lake Kulik on the Wood Tickchik Lakes chain. We will spend two weeks exploring the rich wildlife and paddling in folding kayaks to Lake Aleknagik.Join us on this extened exploration by kayak in the largest State Park in the US. From our starting point we will paddle five large lakes and four short rivers.The lake system encompasses several terrain and vegetative zones from jagged peaks, high alpine valleys and deep V-shaped inlets give the lake's western arms fjordlike appearance.From Lake Kulik we will paddle down the Class II Wind River to the small Mikchalk Lake, then down the 2 mile Class I Peace River to Lake Beverley and down 2 miles on Agulukpak River to Lake Nerka then descend 5 miles on Class I Agulowak River to Lake Aleknagik the last lake in the chain.
dates available: June-September
Kayak Tour Savonovski Loop, Katmai National Park
Katmai is famous for its Grizzly Bears. If you don't like to be in a crowd overlooking Brooks Falls in Brooks Camp join us on this kayaking trip from the Bay of Islands to Grosvenor Lake and down the Savonoski River and see bears feeding on Salmon in the river. We will use folding kayaks. After a scheduled flight from Anchorage to King Salmon a float plane will drop us off at Bay of Islands or alternately at Coville Lake if you do not want to do a strenous 1,5 mile long portage. From here we start our kayaking trip on our own schedule. We will set up a camp at night and enjoy the days with paddling and wildlife viewing in a quiet setting without other tourists. We also offer the entire 95 mile loop from Brooks Camp to Brooks Camp. Besides the great opportunities to see Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat this trip also has phenomenal fishing opportinities for Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout and Pike for the avid fisherman that also enjoys kayaking and wants to avoid crowds.
Kayaking Trips Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound is one of the premier sea kayaking areas in Alaska. Marine wildlife is abundant and we can observe them from the seat of our kayak. We have seen Orca and Humpback whales, seal lions,harbor seals resting on ice bergs, rafts of see otters, black bears,porcupine, mountain goats and Sitka black -tailed deer.
The Sound's shorelines provide a varied assortment of invertebrates for shorebirds to feed on:
The beauty and tranquility of the Sound is very rewarding and there is much to be explored in this magnificient rain forest along Alaska's coast. Departure points are Whittier or Valdez which receives a significant less amount of moisture. Some areas require a water taxi to reach certain areas, gain more time in a particular area or to avoid open water paddling with less advanced paddlers.Besides watching birds and marine wildlife we can paddle among blue ice bergs in those waters that come from the calving tidewater glaciers in the Chugach Mountains and reach the sea. There a countless coves and inlets, waterfalls and beaches to be explored. When the salmon start to run up the clear streams we can paddle among them, watch a whale breach if we are lucky or watch birds dive for smaller fish.
We will set up a tent camp every night, sometimes spending two nights in one place depending on the trip and explore and paddle in the daytime.
Sailboat supported trips available as well. Min. 2 persons.
dates available: May-August
Twin Lakes Kayaking & Hiking Trip, Lake Clark National Park
Pristine wilderness and the legacy of Dick Proenneke who spent 30 years alone in this wilderness, awaits us underneath jagged peaks and crystal clear waters of Twin Lakes. This area is only accessable by bushplane and one of Alaska's vast and untouched National Parks. With folding kayaks we will explore this area that is home to bears, moose, caribou and other wildlife. We will enjoy the solitude in this magnificent land and hike and explore hidden valleys, tundra and waterfalls and enjoy nature in the spirit of Dick Proenneke. From Anchorage we will take a scenic bush flight to the small community of Port Alsworth and from there a short bushflight to the Twin Lakes area.