Explore Southeast Alaska By Kayak

South East Alaska By Kayak – Turner Custom Itinerary

Dates (7 days)

2024 Dates TBD

Location

Northern End of the Inside Passage

Cost for 2-4 persons

Cost for 2 people - $7195-$12295 per person Cost for 4 people - $4995-$8190 per person

Juneau/Haines

Experience the majesty of Southeast Alaska by Kayak.  By day we will paddle and explore and in the evening we can relax after a shower in warm and cozy accommodations.  Wildlife viewing, flight seeing, fishing, Kayaking and more.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Juneau, Alaska. Although part of the mainland, Juneau is not connected by any road system, making it a de facto island and the beginning of our sea kayak expedition. Surrounded by water and towering mountains, this town of 35,000+ hearty residents has no roads linking it with the rest of Alaska. Travel by air or by sea are the only ways to get here and away. Like so many Alaskan towns, people flocked to Juneau in the late 1800’s because of gold. Joe Juneau and Richard Harris discovered gold here in 1880, aided by the Tlingit and their Chief Kowee. In 1900, the town became the state capital and is the largest town in Southeast Alaska, acting as a hub for all the smaller communities also not connected to the road system.

We then head to the town of Haines, Alaska. Described as a town a little rough around the edges with quirky characters and a colorful history, it's the home of 2000 brave northern souls. Here, you won't find a stoplight but you will find a diamond in the rough, the quintessential Alaskan town.  Haines is considered the “Adventure Capitol of Alaska” with a wide expanse of wilderness at its doorstep and almost zero crowds. Adventurers from all around the word come here for its world-class skiing, river running and kayaking to name just a few of the activities found in Haines' backyard.

Over the next 7 days our adventures will see us travel from Juneau, then up to Haines Alaska. Kayaking, with options for bear viewing, exploring glaciers by plane, fishing, along with the opportunity to explore the unique communities of Juneau and Haines is what makes this trip a unique experience

Day 0

The schedule that follows is a rough idea of what is possible during your week in Southeast Alaska. 

Your SEAK Expeditions Guide will pick you up at the airport and shuttle you over to your hotel where you will have a pre-trip meeting and get settled in after your flight.

Day 1

In the morning we will head over to the airport and board our float plane for a 30 minute flight over to Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.  Pack Creek is a world renowned Brown Bear Viewing location and we will spend the day kayaking along the shores of Pack Creek and watching brown bears fishing the creeks or browsing in the sedges or beach combing.  In the late afternoon we will climb back aboard our float plane and head back to juneau.

Day 2

Today will be spent partly in Juneau and later on we will depart and head north to Haines, Alaska.  This morning we can choose to head out on a charter fishing trip or board a water taxi with our kayaks and head out in search of whales to paddle with.  No Matter what we choose we will be back late afternoon and will board the ferry that will take us to Haines, along the way we will get a tour of the Northern Lynn Canal aboard the Fjordland, a 55' Catameran.

Day 3 

In the morning we will check the weather and if everything looks good we will get our gear for the day together and head to the west side of the of the Chilkat Peninsula and the put in for our kayak adventure of the day.  We arrive at a private beach at the foot of a historic salmon cannery which still operates today, buying the catch from local fisherman in the waters around Haines.  We will shove off the beach and padle past fishing boats hugging the shoreling as we round Letnikoff point where river otters are commonly seen.  From here we head south along the shorline into Paradise Cove where we are likely to have porpoise swiming along side us, rising to the surface just feet from our kayaks.  We will break for lunch miday and then round Kochu Island on our way back to our take out.  Packed up for the day we will head back to our cozy accommodations and a well deserved cocktail and dinner

Day 4

We have just gotten done kaying for 3 days in a row so maybe today we want to give the paddling muscles a rest and head out for a 1/2 day of learning to fly fish or abord a fishing charter boat and then in the afternoon drive out to the airport and climb aboard an alaskan bush plane for 2.5 - 3 hour flight seeing tour over Glacier Bay National Park, truly an awe inspiring experience

Day 5

With our paddling muscles rested today sees us meeting up at the SEAK Expeditions head quarters in downtown Haines and gearing up for a day on the Chilkat river.  Once we have everything ready to go we will hop in one of our vans and head out on a beautiful 30-45 minute drive up the Chilkat Valley, to our put in on the river.  Today we paddle pack rafts, which are a cross between a normal inflatable raft and a kayak.  We each paddle our own pack raft and will be given all the instruction needed to navigate the waters of the Chilkat river, which are great for beginners and intermediate paddlers alike.  There are no rapids on this section of the river but the water has recently been inside of a nearby glacier and is very cold so we will be wearing drysuits and pogies to keep you hands warm.  Your driver will be waiting at the take out with warm drinks if its chilly. 

Day 6

North of down town Haines about  11 miles we will turn off the main road and drive along a stunning stretch of the Chilkoot River which is famous for its beauty, fly fishing and a high concentration of brown bears.  Todays kayaking adventures will take us along the shores of Chilkoot Lake as we circumnavigate its border looking for all sorts of wildlife that inhabit its shores.  River otters, mink, beaver and of course salmon inhabit these waters and on its shores brown bears, moose, black bears, wolves and mountain goats may come across our path

Day 7

Today is our last day in Haines before we head back south to Juneau.  If we havent had our fill of kayaking we can slide our kayaks into the ocean just outside the Haines Harbor and head out along battery point, a narrow slice of land that juts out from the Chilkat Peninsula and is the perfect spot for a half day paddle with a beautiful lunch spot.  If we arent feeling up to it we can head out to Klukwan, a native village that has been in this location and home to the Tlingit people for a millenium.  Here there is a cultural center with extremely rare and valuable artifacts where we will be treated to a tour by one of the tribal members of the community of Klukwan.  We will then be back in town with our bags packed and ready to head south to Juneau either on the Alaska State ferry or aboard an Alaska Sea Planes Flight.

Included

Lodging

Transportation While on Trip

Air and or boat charter between Juneau and Haines

Lunches & snacks 

All group, or kayaking gear needed

Professional guide service

Options Available

Trip add ons i.e - bear viewing, charter fishing, cultural centers, Glacier flight seeing, etc......

Dinner and Breakfast meal catering/options

Not Included

Travel to and from Juneau at the start and end of trip

Personal equipment

Alcoholic Beverages

Gratuity for guide(s)

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