As we leave Juneau, the capital city, we leave behind the busy city life and step into the deep wilderness of Southeast Alaska. Admiralty Island or Kootznoowoo as the Tlingit people named it long before the Russians appeared, translates roughly to "Fortress of the Bear". Located near the norther end of Admiralty Island is Oliver Inlet, a long narrow inlet only accessible at the right tides and will be the beginning of our adventure. Using a tramway we will travel from Oliver Inlet, overland, along with all our gear to the northern end of Seymour canal, where we will spend the majority of our trip. We will spend the next 5-7 days exploring the shores of Seymour Canal and the forest that surrounds it. In the spring, this area historically will see large congregations of herring that come here to spawn. This brings in tremendous numbers of marine mammals and sea birds who are welcoming one of the first large appearances of biomass of the season and which provides great opportunities for these species to feed. Humpback Whales and Orca, along with Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor seals, just to name a few, will appear in these waters in great numbers. Later in the spring and summer, salmon enter the creeks along the shores of Seymour Canal, bringing brown and black bears to their shores and creates wonderful opportunities for bear viewing. In fact this area is home to Pack Creek a world renowned bear viewing area and one of our stops on this week long adventure in Southeast Alaska
Meet your guide in Juneau for pre-trip meeting.
Meet in the morning to load our kayaks and gear aboard our water taxi and depart for Admiralty Island and Oliver Inlet.
We will spend the next 3-5 days exploring the shores of Seymour Canal. We will camp just above the high tide line on gravel beaches or tucked up into the forest to escape a breeze if it kicks up. In the evenings we can relax with a cup of tea or an adult beverage after a full day of paddling or exploring the temperate rainforest of the Tongass National Forest. If the mood strikes we can also take some time to do some fishing, in the evenings, or even during a mid day lunch break. During our week in Seymour canal we will also have the opportunity to spend a day or 2 at Pack Creek giving us the opportunity to watch brown, or Grizzlie Bears, as they are also known, in their natural habitat.
We can rise slowly if we like and have one last breakfast in camp. If the weather cooperates today, we will catch our ride back to Juneau via our water taxi, by late afternoon, giving us a good portion of the day to explore, or just hang around camp if we so choose.
Food while in the field
Group camping gear
Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
Kayak, paddle, PFD, safety gear
Professional guide service
Lodging while not in the field
Food while not in the field
Gratuity for guide(s)