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Incredible Places to Kayak in Alaska

Updated: Feb 27

Embarking on a kayaking adventure in Alaska is like entering a serene haven of nature's wonders. Picture the gentle swish of the boat, the rhythmic splash of oars, and the inhalation of crisp, pure air as the wind whispers through the trees. It's an experience that immerses you in the untamed beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.


As you navigate the pristine waters, nature envelopes you, offering glimpses of bald eagles soaring overhead and bears foraging on distant beaches. The marine life is equally captivating, from playful sea otters to majestic humpback whales, orcas, seals, and porpoises. The absence of engine noise allows you to get up close and personal with Alaska's breathtaking wildlife.


Kayak tours in Alaska often extend beyond the water, incorporating hiking adventures on secluded beaches. The reward at the end might be a delicious feast of freshly caught Alaskan salmon or a steaming seafood chowder enjoyed by an open fire. The contagious passion of the Alaskan kayaking community makes the entire experience even more delightful.


No prior kayaking experience is necessary; these excursions operate rain or shine. In fact, some say that kayaking in the rain adds a mystical touch, with raindrops creating mesmerizing patterns on the glassy water. So, layer up and be prepared for an unforgettable journey through Alaska's captivating landscapes.


If this sounds like your style of excursion, here are three of the top kayaking spots in Alaska:



Sitka Sound Explore the wildlife-rich Sitka Sound, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and dormant volcanoes. Witness sea otters, salmon, and whales in their natural habitat, and don't miss the charming town of Sitka with its Russian-influenced architecture.



Mendenhall Lake, Juneau Paddle near the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, encountering floating ice blocks and breathtaking views. Visit Nugget Falls and feel the spray as the cascading water invigorates your senses.



Icy Strait Point Kayak in the still waters around Icy Strait Point, home to humpback whales, brown bears, and other wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of solo kayaking and explore the Native-owned Icy Strait Point community.


Whether you're steering through Lake Bernard, enjoying the Talkeetna River, or paddling around the Tatoosh Islands, each kayaking destination offers a unique connection with Alaska's natural wonders. From ghost forests to cascading waterfalls, these experiences are a gateway to the soul-stirring beauty of this rugged landscape.


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