The city of Juneau is an island of civilization surrounded by wilderness; located just a short distance away from this civilization is the Channel Islands State Marine Park. Composed of over a dozen uninhabited islands providing unique recreational opportunities as well as refuge for marine, terrestrial, and bird life, the islands are part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, covered by thick and varied vegetation.
These islands are best explored by boats, and their close proximity to the mainland make them ideal to discover the nature of wild Alaska and the world of sea kayaking.
Suitable for all experience levels, this eco-adventure is sure to provide a new perspective on what’s possible in the world of remote Southeast Alaskan island exploration, and is the preeminent paddling and island adventure in Southeast Alaska.
You will be picked up and transported to a remote boat harbor north of Juneau, here you will board a 6 passenger water taxi and make the 20-minute protected inland water crossing to Lincoln Island while scanning the seas for marine wildlife.
You’ll explore this remote wilderness by a combination of tandem kayak, motorboat, and on foot, as your captain and guide lead you on a grand adventure amongst the wildlife and seascape of the beautiful Channel Islands. Afterwards, relax at our island base camp and enjoy a healthy snack while taking in the magnificent scenery.
This island landscape is composed of a lush and vibrant temperate rainforest, exquisite snow-capped peaks and flowing glaciers glowing blue. From both water and land, you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca, numerous bird species including bald eagles and blue heron, and deer or river otters along the shore.
Throughout this trip, your expert guide and boat captain will share their local knowledge of the area and interesting information about the wildlife and their behaviors. Be prepared to take in the beauty of glaciers off in the distance and the majestic mountains of the Chilkat and Coast Ranges.
After the water taxi cruise back to the harbor, a van will be awaiting your return to drive you back to Juneau.
Please Note: All guests must sign a waiver in order to participate, and no alterations or deletions to the waiver are permitted. All guests will paddle in double kayaks with a maximum weight of 600 pounds, or 272 kilograms. Guests must be physically fit enough to paddle for approximately 4 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 2 to 2.5 hours. This excursion will operate in all permitting weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions to be determined on the day by the operator), appropriate dress for the conditions is stressed.
Reviewer: Robert P Weissburg
Our guide was very knowledgeable and great to be with. We motored out to the channel islands with anoyher guide north of Juneau and then kayaked around the island from the east side to the north, had our snack and did some more kayaking. A great workout. We saw many sea lions, particularly after the kayaking, when our guides took us over to a nearby island were the sea lions haul out for the night. Hundreds were there, jousting and playing on land and sea. The views of the islands and the mainland were spectacular, including two glaciers. The equipment and water gear were great.