Rainforest Canoe and Nature Trail
Rainforest Canoe & Nature Trail Excursion in Ketchikan
The cruise excursion adventure begins with a scenic motorcoach tour to a secluded mountain lake. Part of a lush rain forest, the lake is ideal for canoeing, and is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States. Board Native American-style 37-foot, 20-passenger traditional Alaskan canoes, which are fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. Paddle under the direction of an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife, and learn the unique natural and native history of the area on this Ketchikan day trip.
Stop ashore for an Alaskan-style snack at a remote camp. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead a short nature walk, highlighting the flora and fauna of the rain forest in Ketchikan, including a carnivorous plant called the sundew. Paddle back to the canoe dock, and climb aboard the motorcoach that returns to the dock. This Ketchikan shore excursion adventure tour is a rare opportunity to comfortably explore Southeast Alaska in the manner of its original explorers and early culture.
Reviewer: A Meyers
Bus ride from the ship to the beautiful park, 3 canoes w/ 8-10 other people rowing in each boat, brief respite with refreshments & snacks, then a walk through the forest with a knowledgeable guide. Great outdoor trip that didn't cause over exertion or pain the following day!
Reviewer: Jennifer Johns
The canoe trip was very neat. There were somewhere just under 20 of us rowing the canoe together (which was unique in and of itself) and the leader educating us on the lake and rainforest was very interesting as well! After rowing for a while, we rowed ourselves to a little trail and a little wood canopy where we enjoyed fresh salmon dip, some other snacks, and warm, delicious lobster bisque and hot chocolate! (This was so welcomed after starting the canoe trip in heavy sprinkling rain . We also got to shake off and dry off under the canopy since it was no longer raining!) Here we also got a short walking tour of the rainforest which was fantastic as well. After we wrapped up there we canoed back to our starting spot and hopped back onto the bus. Our bus driver was AMAZING as well since it's about a 40 minute bus ride from the cruise ships and entertained and educated us on the drive to the rainforest and on the way back. We're so glad that we booked the excursion for us 6 *family!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion and would recommend it to anyone! We were fortunate to enjoy beautiful weather, which made it just that much better. The bus ride was long but worth it - the driver on the way up was very entertaining and provided much local information in a humorous fashion. The canoeing was very easy and enjoyable. With the 20 person canoe on a quiet, pristine lake and a leisurely pace, we could have accomplished our trip with only 5 or 6 paddlers, so that activity was very optional. Our guide, Jensen, was very informative and entertaining yet also allowed some time for us to enjoy the quiet beauty. At the end of the canoe ride before boarding the bus to return to town, we felt that they canoe guides missed a great tipping opportunity. There was a tip jar about 20 feet away, but not directly as we exited. Since the guide did not return on the bus with us, the tipping opportunity was not obvious.
Reviewer: Brad Camp
It was a beautiful day. The canoe ride was very fun. We paddled to a pretty place on the lake, and when we got off the canoe, hot chocolate and snacks were waiting for us. We went on a pretty guided hike through the woods, and then paddled back to the beginning. All in all, it was a beautiful day.
Beautiful lake. Personnel helpful and courteous. Food good. Personally was unfortunate to sit behind the same inexperienced child rower outbound as inbound, but no big deal. Personnel should wear name tags (large print) for us old folks to remember their names at time of review-writing.