We offer Alaska raft trips that offer scenic views, wildlife viewing, fishing, and whitewater.
Custom group Alaska rafting adventures are available on request. If have interested in something special or participating in an exploratory expedition, please contact us with your ideals or to see what plans are being made.
Kongakut River - 10 day Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Rafting Safari. Explore Alaska's remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) by raft on the "river of caribou". Our trip coincides with the annual migration of the 130,000-strong Porcupine caribou herd and passes through some of the world's most pristine wilderness.
Lake Creek - 7 day Whitewater Rafting and Fishing Adventure. Our favorite fly-in wilderness adventure river, great combination exciting whitewater and great Alaska fishing. Lake Creek offers almost continuous Class II/III whitewater with a few Class IV rapids, five species of salmon, rainbow trout and arctic grayling.
Chulitna River - 4 day Denali Raft Adventure. An excellent family adventure and sampling of Alaska's best wilderness and geography at a casual pace. We travel through Denali State Park, upper Susitna Valley and take out near Trapper Creek, a historic gold mining town.
||Caines Head State Recreation Area - Seward, Alaska
1-Day Historic Fort McGilvray Caines Head Hike and Sea Kayaking Tour Departing From Seward
This is a full-day Alaska sea kayaking and hiking adventure departing from Seward. Our 1 day Caines Head hiking and Alaska sea kayaking trip includes a short water taxi ride to North Beach at Caines Head. From here a 2 mile hike takes us to historic Fort McGilvray. The battery once housed two six-inch guns. As we hike up to the fort we'll explore the remains of the old ammunition magazines and the bog meadows with their unique forms of plant life. At Fort McGilvray we'll investigate the maze of underground passages and rooms by flashlight. Looking out from the fort are incredible sweeping vista of Recreation Bay and the Gulf of Alaska.
Caines Head State Recreation Area is the site of the abandoned World War II Fort McGilvray. During World War II with Japan's invasion of Attu and Kiska Island on the Alaska Aleutian Islands, Seward and Alaska would see a construction boom with much of Alaska road system being built and the building of the Alaska Railroad. The importance of Seward's Resurrection Bay was soon realized. It was a strategically located ice-free deepwater bay that would become an important supply center for Interior Alaska.
After the historic Caines Head hike we return to North Beach and launch our sea kayaks to explore the coastline as we sea kayak back to the town of Seward. While sea kayaking Resurrection Bay coastline, our naturalist guides will share the rich national history with you while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife and alpine glaciers. Often seen are sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, bald eagles, jumping salmon and occasionally we see whales that venture into the bay.
While sea kayaking we'll pass Tonsina Point's ghost forest, a remnant of the 1964 earthquake. Alaska's 1964 earthquake was the largest quake recorded in North America. The ground at Tonsina Point sank exposing the tree roots to saltwater, killing the trees but preserving the standing trees. If the tides are right we might be able to paddle up into the month of Tonsina Creek to see the spawning salmon.
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- Dry Suit - We supply dry suits to keep you warm, dry, and help protect you from hypothermia in Alaska's cold waters. Other Seward sea kayaking outfitters provide (or rent at extra cost) rain gear and rubber boots that offer little protection. Another advantage to dry suits is that if the weather turns wet, they add warmth and a comfort level you would not think possible in this maritime environment.
- Single Kayaks - We provide an option to paddle your own single-person kayak. Most other outfitters use only two-person kayaks. Please inquire.
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Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Departing from Seward our 1 day Caines Head hiking and Alaska sea kayaking trip includes a short water taxi ride to North Beach at Caines Head, a 2 mile hike to the historic World War II Fort McGilvray. At Fort McGilvray we'll investigate the maze of underground passages and rooms. Looking out from the fort are incredible sweeping vista of Recreation Bay and the Gulf of Alaska.
After the historic Caines Head hike we return to North Beach and launch our sea kayaks to explore the coastline as we sea kayak back to the town of Seward. Often seen are sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, bald eagles, jumping salmon and occasionally we see whales that venture into the bay.
Trip Planning - Seward, Alaska is just 125 miles south of Anchorage. You can reach Seward by road or on the Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic Train
. If you need help with transportation Backcountry Safaris would be happy to package bus or Alaska Railroad transportation to Seward as well as overnight lodging in Seward
At 9:00 a.m. we load our sea kayaks and gear onto the water taxi for a short ride to Caines Head. After securing our kayaks and gear above the high tide line we'll hike up to Fort McGilvray. At the fort we'll explore the maze of underground passages and rooms. Outside the fort we'll eat lunch and enjoy the sweeping vistas of Resurrection Bay and the Gulf of Alaska.
After lunch, hike back down to North Beach where our guides will teach you some basic sea kayaking skills before we sea kayak back to Seward. While sea kayaking back to Seward we'll probe the nooks and crags along the coastline and look for wildlife.
|2014 TOUR DATES
June 1 - August 31
This trip departs Seward, Alaska at 9:00 a.m.
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Complete tour package that includes the transportation to and from Seward, the pre- and post-trip lodging in Seward is also available.
This trip has Tiered Pricing.
This trip is priced according to the smallest number of full paying guests that we must have to operate the trip. At the time of reservation we invoice you at the highest tier price until final payment is due. If the price drops due to an increase in the group size before your trip departs, you will be refunded the difference. Note that paying guests does not include guides or any guests already getting a discount (example, combining trips may earn you a discount).
2 to 3 Travelers: $175 each plus tax.
4 to 6 Travelers: $135 each plus tax.
7 - 11 Travelers: $120 each plus tax.
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P.O. Box 1397 Seward, Alaska USA 99664
1-907-222-1632 or toll-free 1-877-812-2159
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