Juneau's Channel Islands Kayak Camp

Trip Details

Trip Cost: 3 days/2 nights = $789 per person (plus 5% local sales tax), min of 2 people required

Trip Duration: 3 days/2 nights

2017 Trip Dates: Availability May-September

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What to Expect

Highlights: Unique wildlife encounters, kayaking along the Coast Mountain Range and the Tongass temperate rainforest, beach combing, kayaking on an island

Areas you can cross off your bucket list are:
Camping in Alaska, kayaking with marine mammals, exploring the Tongass National Forest

Kayak in Juneau’s Scenic and Wild Backyard and Sleep on an Uninhabited Island

The City of Juneau is an island of civilization surrounded by Wilderness; located just a short distance away from this civilization is the Channel Islands State Marine Park.  This area is composed of over a dozen uninhabited islands that provide unique recreational opportunities as well as a refuge for marine, terrestrial, and bird life.  In addition to the wildlife, the islands are part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world and are covered by the thick and varied vegetation.  These islands are best explored by boats and their close proximity to the mainland make them ideal for participants of all ages and abilities to discover the nature of wild Alaska and the world of sea kayaking.  With our local knowledge and experienced guides we will choose a camping/paddling location based on your group’s ability and the best wildlife viewing opportunities.

Explore Juneau’s backyard playground while introducing yourself to the majesty of camping in Alaska by sea kayak!


Location:  Juneau’s Channel Islands State Marine Park – Lincoln Island, Benjamin Island, Shelter Island, or North Island

Duration:  3 days/2 nights.  Longer trips are available by arrangement. Contact us  to schedule a trip or for a quote.

Activities:   Sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, photography, beach combing, camping

Paddle Distance:  10-25 miles over 2 days, 5-15 miles per day

Trip Rating:  Easy to Moderate – No Experience Necessary

Highlights:  Unique wildlife encounters (humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, porpoise, birds, and bears), the Coast Mountain Range, wilderness solitude, temperate rainforest

Bucket List:  Kayaking with humpback whales, harbor seals, or steller sea lions; Camping in Alaska; skipping rocks and beach combing on an island in Alaska; Exploring the Tongass National Forest


Trip Description/Sample Itinerary:

  • Pre-Trip:  Prior to your scheduled departure, your guide will contact you by phone or meet with you in person to introduce themselves, answer any last minute questions, and ensure that you have all the necessary equipment.
  • Day 1 & 2:  Early in the morning our van will pick you up  from your local accommodations and transport you to our warehouse for a trip orientation, gear outfitting, and safety briefing.  Once packed we will drive to our launch point, load our kayaks, and get out onto the water.  Our destination will depend on the time of year, the weather, and your desires.  From the launch we will paddle along the shore looking for both marine and terrestrial wildlife in the two primary environments of Southeast Alaska: ocean and old growth temperate rain forest.  Upon arriving at our camping destination use the opportunity to explore the islands beach and forest while the guide sets up the tents and cooks a delicious meal.  After enjoying dinner allow the sounds of nature to lull you so sleep, cozy in a warm and dry sleeping bag and tent.
  • Day 2 & 3:  Following a hearty breakfast, we will pack up and head back out along the coast in the kayak.  The beauty of this trip is that you determine your pace, as this trip is designed for you!  Take a break and enjoy a couple hours of beachcombing, or paddle further to experience more of the rugged coastline and to increase the likelihood for wildlife encounters.  At the end of the day our van or water taxi will pick us up and transport you back to your local accommodations.


  • Professional Guide with kayaking, camping, and naturalist expertise
  • Roundtrip van transportation from you lodging to the launch point
  • All of the necessary kayaking equipment (kayaks, PFD’s, rubber boots, safety gear, etc)
  • All of the necessary camping equipment (tents, sleeping system, stove, pots/pans, etc)
  • Dry bags for your personal clothing
  • Delicious meals and beverages
  • A spirit for adventure
  • Personal clothing (click for Recommended Gear List): We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather.  Due to the cool, damp climate it is best NOT to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene, and/or capilene.
  • Toiletries and personal items (only the essentials, see the Recommended Gear List)
  • Camera with extra batteries and extra memory card
  • Your lodging for the nights before and after your trip
  • The ability to spend up to 2-3 hours in a kayak at a time and paddle 10+ miles in day 
  • **WAIVER FORM**  Each individual on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted.

  • This trip will be camping at undeveloped, natural sites that do not have ANY amenities.  You will be sleeping in a tent and your restroom will be the open air of the intertidal zone (the area at the ocean waters edge that is affected by the tide).  Tents are 2 or 3 person backpacking style tents that are weather tight, but comfortably snug.

  • ABAK practices Leave No Trace principles and expects clients to do so as well.  Please see the Leave No Trace Camping information under the Additional Information tab.

  • Camp will be moved each night and space is limited in the kayak hatches (storage compartments).  Consider the necessity of each item you bring and how much space it takes.  Many smaller items are much easier to pack than a few large items. Please review the Recommended Gear List found under the Additional Information tab.

  • We outfit all clients in sit-in double kayaks with spray skirts. Single kayaks are available for experienced kayakers only!

  • NOTE ON KAYAKING SIZE/WEIGHT LIMITATIONS: Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of  52 inches (132cm). Maximum weight limits including gear are 300lbs (136kg) for single kayaks and 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) have a hard time operating the rudder because the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance. However, people as tall as 6’6″ have been able to paddle in our kayaks.

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  • About ABAK

    Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC is a local, employee-owned guiding company based in Juneau. We have been exploring the region from Ocean to Ice for over 25 years and guiding others since 2002. Our goal is to provide a complete Alaskan wilderness experience by sharing with clients our passion for the outdoors, technical know-how, and natural history knowledge.

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