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Anchorage Kayaking Tours

Nestled between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of the Cook Inlet, Anchorage is the perfect launching pad for kayaking tours. Rent a kayak or canoe in the city and set off to explore the tranquil beauty of local lakes. Or take a scenic train ride from Anchorage to reach the front of a glacier, where you can start your kayak trip.

You can also head to Whittier (just 60 miles southeast of Anchorage) for an expedition in Prince William Sound, where majestic coves and abundant marine wildlife await. These are our favorite picks for kayak tours and gear rentals.

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Anchorage Kayaking Tours

From Whittier

Season: May 15 - Sept 15 $375, Full Day 8 hrs - Full Day

Lazy Otter offers guid­ed kayak tours and trans­porta­tion to seclud­ed areas of Prince William Sound. The calm waters have a gor­geous back­drop of the Chugach Moun­tains’ ser­rat­ed peaks. Keep an eye out for the crea­tures that walk the shores and swim in the sea: orcas, hump­back whales, sea lions, puffins, seals, sea otters, eagles, goats, and bears. 

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From Anchorage

Season: June 1 - Sept 15 $399+

Enjoy a mag­i­cal morn­ing or evening kayak­ing the calm waters of Spencer Lake, in the awe-inspir­ing pres­ence of a jagged ter­mi­nus glac­i­er. Your time on the water is sand­wiched between two train rides that offer up some of Alaska’s most scenic rail miles. It’s a full day of unfor­get­table expe­ri­ences in our country’s sec­ond largest nation­al for­est – the Chugach.

Season: Mid May– Early September $30+ day rentals 1+ day rentals

Embark on an unfor­get­table pad­dling adven­ture in Alas­ka with AK Pad­dle­sports! Nes­tled just out­side Anchor­age, this fam­i­ly-found­ed com­pa­ny offers a vast selec­tion of top-qual­i­ty water­craft, includ­ing pad­dle­boards, kayaks, and canoes, avail­able for rent by the day. Expe­ri­ence the con­ve­nience of equip­ment deliv­ery and pick-up, allow­ing you to spend more time explor­ing Alaska’s scenic lakes.

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