Experience historic Ketchikan and the surrounding islands from the unique perspective of a sea kayak on this Ketchikan shore trip. As a matter of fact, unique is exactly the word for Ketchikan kayaking.
Your journey begins at our dock in the heart of Ketchikan, where you'll get outfitted for sea kayaking and friendly guides give a lesson in kayaking basics. When the tide allows, you'll kayak right into the historic Creek Street district, where the houses on stilts have changed little since the roaring twenties. Ketchikan Creek is also an active salmon stream, with all 5 species of Pacific salmon running at different times throughout the summer. In July, August, and September the salmon swim around the kayaks, and harbor seals or river otters are frequently seen pursuing a salmon snack.
On this shore excursion, paddle through Thomas Basin, the town's first boat harbor, and out into the Tongass Narrows where you'll catch a glimpse of life in an Alaskan fishing town; floatplanes fly overhead, and fishing boats head out to sea. You may even catch sight of some of the "Deadliest Catch" boats. Many Bering Sea Crabbers spend their summers in Ketchikan tendering for the salmon canneries.
Once across, the island exploration begins! Your Ketchikan kayak tour guides will lead paddlers along the shores of Pennock Island and Snow's Cove, where you'll seek out colorful intertidal life and watch for the majestic bald eagles that nest in the old-growth trees. After the Ketchikan tour, you will return to the dock rejuvenated and with enough time to explore the town of Ketchikan on foot.
Please Note: All participants must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to the chest. Guests who are unable to fit in the kayaks will not be refunded. Triple kayaks for families with younger children, and especially-adapted kayaks for guests over 6' 3" may be availabile upon request. All other guests will be fitted with double sea kayaks.
The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. All the equipment felt safe and well-maintained. It was very fun!
Reviewer: Tracie Lawrence
We were in a small group of only 3 kayaks/6 people with the guide being one of them. Ryan was our guide, he was professional, energetic while also being patient with one of the participants who had a small issue. We got up-close to salmon, sea lions and other interesting sea life. This was a highlight of our trip.
Ryan greeted us at the assigned place with a smile and I think he smiled the entire trip. He obviously loves what he does and is very good at it (or was it because he was happy to see Minnesotans??). Luckily my friend and I were the only other ones on this tour so Ryan was able to stay close to us. The trip started with a leisurely ride around town getting used to handling the kayak, then we crossed a narrow part of the Inside Passage where we could rest a bit on the other side and watch sea planes take off. The crew back at the shop was also helpful and friendly.
This was great. It turned out that I was the only one for the early hour so the guide told me a lot about the area and letting me hold some of fishes as the water was low at the time Great guide and on time
Tour company was professional, friendly and knowledgable. The tour itself was wonderful and our guide, Angel, a joy. Our tour was definitely a highlight to our trip. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys kayaking.