Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari

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Drive your own Jeep across iconic Alaskan terrain on your way to an alpine lake, where you’ll paddle to a shoreline camp for a delicious snack and nature walk.

Paddle across a serene alpine lake in a traditional Alaska Native-style canoe

Paddle across a serene alpine lake in a traditional Alaska Native-style canoe

Drive Your Own Jeep

Depart from downtown Ketchikan and head out to Ward Cove, about 9 miles outside of town, the site of an old pulp mill. There you’ll do a safety briefing and break out into groups up to 5 people for each Jeep Wrangler. You’ll be driving the Jeep on this self-drive tour, following a guide in lead Jeep. With the interactive radio system, the guide will describe the area’s flora and fauna, as well as the logging history. And, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions too.

Drive along private logging roads that wind up into the mountains, with great views looking back into Ward Cove; you’ll have opportunities to change drivers along the way. Your destination is the secluded, alpine Harriett Hunt Lake. Once there, you’ll get outfitted in paddling gear and load into a 37-foot, 20-passenger native-style canoe.

Paddle Across an Alpine Lake

Paddle across the shimmering lake to a shoreline camp, where a cook will have prepared a snack of clam chowder, rolls, and smoked salmon spread over an open fire—a rustic experience right on the shore. Spend about 15 minutes enjoying the snack and some storytelling, and then go on a short nature walk through a beautiful old-growth forest.

You’ll then paddle the canoe back to shore where you may drive the jeep back to Ward Cove, or board a bus back to downtown Ketchikan.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 55.408806
Longitude: -131.721247

Prices & Dates

Season Late April-early October
Duration 4 hrs
Rates $164 per adult | $123 per child
Rate Notes Order of tour may change
Gear Provided // Dry bags, life jackets, rain gear, all necessary equipment
Age Limits // Drivers must be 25 years old and have a current driver’s license
Children must weigh at least 40 pounds for life jackets while canoeing
Children under 5 will not be accommodated on this tour. Booster seat provided for ages 5–8, by request in advance.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 13–17 must have a signed parental consent form.

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Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari

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