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Prince of Wales Island Alaska Kayak Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 6 people
Destination(s): Alaska  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Fishing  
Season: August
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)

Tongass National Forest stretches for 500 miles along the coast, encompassing the beguiling karst region of Prince Wales Island, 700 square miles of limestone and marble caverns created by subterranean streams. POW, as its known to its 3000 inhabitants is home to Haida and Tlinket native groups as well as a few hardy souls that make there living in forestry and sport fishing. They share the island with numerous streams, dense rainforest, black bear and black tailed deer.

The nearby waters are home to numerous whales, sea otters, crabs, 4 species of salmon, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout and char species. Tidal currents around the numerous islands can be quick, with many sheltered passes, areas of high relief and hundreds of miles of coastline. Its shares a lot of the cultural and natural features of a trip to the Queen Charlottes, but is considerably easier to get to and much less costly. Its starting to sound like Kayak Nirvana, isn't it? Wait, it gets better...

We'll be paddling a loop out of a small native village of Naukati on the West coast that offers a remote feel, yet the convenience of utilizing a forest service cabin along the route for a couple of nights. We'll be there in time for some interesting wild foods as well as King Salmon season, so along with playful tidal features, we get to enjoy great seafood, beach asparagus and some good side hikes up rivers. My co-leader for the trip is Patty, who in addition to being a fine banjo player, has been kayaking and guiding on POW for over 15 years.

Having two guides means there may be times in camp when fast tidal features may lure a few out to play in waves while others venture forth to collect spruce tips for tea or simply wander up on crests for some good views. We plan a fairly leisurely pace for this trip (there may be some 15 mile+ days, but not the rule), so that we can spend a bit more time playing with waves, fishing, hiking or crabbing. Sound good to you? It sure does to me, so let's do it!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Sat: Arrival in Ketchikan, AK...(a one hour flight from Seattle) in time for a late afternoon seaplane flight into Craig on Prince of Wales Island. Transfer to B&B for the night.

Days 2 & 3: Haul ourselves and our gear overland across the road system to our put-in at Naukati and paddle to Staney Creek area for a couple of days of exploring from there.

Days 4-7: Explore outer islands, inside passes, tidal creeks, tidal features... whatever weather and desire dictates... all from a few camps along the coastline North of Naukati.

Day 8: Paddle back to take out for overland shuttle back to Craig. Overngnight at B&B, group dinner out (budget around $35 oyo).

Day 9: Transfer back to Ketchikan via ferry for flights back home.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Seaplane transfer to Prince of Wales Island
- Ferry transfer back
- Guides, kayaks
- B&B lodging 2 nights
- All backcountry food and group gear.

Supplier Information
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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2006
Client Request Served: 58

M15163 has provided terrific travel value programs with the very highest of standards for nearly 25 years. We are owned by naturalist/ guide/ chef/ author/ kayak instructor trainer Michael Gray. Our international sea kayak programs are considered skills courses and work with the highest standard American Canoe...

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