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Kayaking in Alaska

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Kayaking in Alaska

We are looking to kayak in Alaska. We will stop at Skagway, Jueneau, and Ketchikan and want to rent a kayak and go around unguided. Is there any recommendations? You see pictures online of people going around glaciers, etc. I do not know if this is even possible, but just wanted to do an unguided tour so we could move at our own pace, etc.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Kayaking in Alaska

Kayaking around icebergs and near glacier faces is very dangerous........one man died just last year while kayaking on Mendenhall Lake near Juneau........

That being said, you can rent kayaks independently in both Juneau and Ketchikan......

These folks are the only ones with a permit for Mendenhall in Juneau www.juneaukayak.com/mendenhalllake.html Just be careful, don't get too near the ice........

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2. Re: Kayaking in Alaska

We've kayaked in Juneau with Beyond Alaska, http://www.beyondak.com/reservations.html and

in Skagway with a cruise tour packerexpeditions.com/glacier-lake-kayak-and…

and in Ketchikan with Southeast Sea Kayaks http://www.kayakketchikan.com/, but always with a guide.

The only one I wouldn't do again was the tour from Skagway -- just paddle across a lake and back. Not very exciting.

Really enjoyed the other trips.

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3. Re: Kayaking in Alaska

My 2 adult daughters and I would like to kayak in the Mendenhall glacier area (not too close however) around September 7 or 8th. We have kayaked before but we are not very experienced. Would this be too risky to try? We are very safety conscience so we would follow the suggestions of the outfitters if we did go.

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4. Re: Kayaking in Alaska

Our kayak outfitter would only rent us kayaks to use independently because we were experienced kayakers. We in turn took the kayaks to a cabin at a very protected cove for 3 days.

I would never consider kayaking out into the ocean around glaciers without an experienced guide. The tides, winds, potential storms not to mention glaciers calving are beyond our expertise.

Even on Eklutna Lake near Anchorage we have had to paddle back across the lake into an unforgiving headwind off of the inlet, tough going.

Have a great trip up & of course stay safe!

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