From the dense temperate rain forest to the steep, barren glacially carved fjords; from the brown bear ambling along the shore to the humpback whales magnificent breach the Inside Passage waterways of Southeast Alaska offer the scenery and wildlife to inspire kayakers of all abilities.
Beautiful Water and Landscape
Above and Beyond Alaska explores the area around Juneau from Endicott Arm (pictured) located 60 miles south of Juneau to Berner’s Bay located 30 miles north of Juneau.
“Shut in by sublime Yosemite cliffs, nobly sculptured, and adorned with waterfalls and fringes of trees, bushes, and patches of flowers, but amid so crowded a display of novel beauty it was not easy to concentrate the attention long enough on any portion of it without giving more days and years than our lives can afford” – John Muir describing the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
Humpback whales return to Southeast Alaska in droves during the summer to feed in the nutrient rich temperate waters. The Juneau area is one of only a few locations that they engage in a unique feeding behavior called bubble-net feeding. For a couple weeks during the summer (typically starting in the middle of July) the whales work together in groups of 4-40 to corral large schools of bait fish in a coordinated effort. Viewing this spectacular behavior should be on everyone’s bucket list.
The Inside Passage is home to a plethora of other wildlife. Brown bears, black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, hoary marmots, porcupine, and wolves roam the woods and shoreline. Harbor porpoise, orca, dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, steller sea lions, and river otter ply the waters. Bald eagles, marbled murrelets, surf scoters, meganzers, pigeon guillemots, gulls, arctic terns and dozens of other bird species abound.
Take a half a day, a full day, or a week to join Above and Beyond Alaska and explore this paddler’s paradise.