— Kennicott Glacier Inflatable Kayaking —
Glacier Kayaking and Natural History Paddle
Great for families with small children, or anyone interested in spectacular views of the Kennicott Valley while paddling their own kayak on a glacial lake. This trip occurs at the “toe” of the Kennicott Glacier with 2-3 hours of easy kayaking amongst, cliffs of ice and rock in a unique glacial “moonscape.”
You will meet your guide at our base in McCarthy to get fitted with raingear, rubber boots, and a lifejacket for your adventure. During the short drive and 1/4 mile walk to the lake, your guide will share interesting local natural and human history, with a focus on the geology and glaciology you are about to experience up close.
At the edge of the lake, after a brief safety talk, you’re off and paddling! There is no set route, so you can explore where you like, and your guide will continue to explain the glacial features you are seeing, and how this unusual landscape came to be. There are spectacular views up the valley towards Mt. Blackburn, the Stairway Icefall and the town of Kennecott. We’ll stop for some hot drinks part way through the paddle and have you back 3-4 hours after we started.
These trips launch every day and reservations are highly recommended as we have limited capacity. Individuals, couples, friends, and families are all welcome!
- Paddle your own kayak in a glacial lake
- “Moonscape” of rock and ice
- Views of the stunning Kennicott Valley
- Knowledgeable guides who love to share information about the local history
“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”
Click on the markers below to view important points along your trip. Check out that zoom feature!