Pack Creek Kayak Rental Packages

Do-It-Yourself Bear viewing, camping, and kayaking at your pace!

These rental packages are designed for those with previous experience, a desire to get out on their own, and a true spirit of adventure.  With our help you can create the personal trip of a lifetime exploring Admiralty Island, Pack Creek and the Kootznoowoo Wilderness.  To make this opportunity possible we have kayaks available for rent located 1 mile from the Pack Creek bear viewing site, additionally, we have a few kayaks that can be used to paddle one-way between Juneau and Pack Creek (or visa-versa).  Depending on the level of service you require we can: provide ground transportation in Juneau, arrange flights, rent camping and/or kayaking equipment, and supply all of the information necessary to have a successful trip. While you can spend any length of time on Admiralty, we strongly recommend that you bring or rent camping equipment and spend several days in this pristine environment.

Admiralty Island and the Pack Creek Brown Bear Sanctuary are located near Juneau and accessed by a short, scenic float plane flight. The native Tlingit’s of Southeast Alaska  call Admiralty Island “Kootznoowoo,” which translates to “Fortress of the Bears;” aptly named for the estimated 1,700 brown bears residing on the island.  The island is considered to have one of the highest brown bear and nesting bald eagle population densities on the planet! 

 

Additionally, seals and humpback whales ply the waterways, Sitka black-tailed deer silently stalk through the woods, mink and marten bound along the shoreline, and the cries of loons haunt Admiralty’s coast and interior lakes.  This is truly one of Southeast Alaska’s gemstones

 

Learn More:

USFS Pack Creek Location Map

Location:

The Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary and viewing area is located about 40 miles south of Juneau on Admiralty Island.

Character of Pack Creek:

Admiralty Island is a protected Wilderness Area comprised mostly of virgin old-growth forest.  When you travel to the island and to Pack Creek you enter a place where human’s are mere visitors in the animal’s kingdom.   A place where the bears and other wildlife are at home in their natural setting: fishing for salmon, wrestling on the shore, sleeping in the grass, and sauntering through the woods.

– John Neary, previously the USFS Manager of Admiralty Island National Monument and Kootznoowoo Wilderness, describing the wilderness character of the National Monument –

“Tall columns of Sitka spruce hold a ceiling of branches far above deer trails and the thorny spread of devil’s club leaves.  Streams tumble down the steep shoulders of the mountains, the clear water drawing thousands of salmon to spawn in Admiralty Island’s streams every year, a colorful bridge to centuries past.  The Tlingit clans of Southeast Alaska have long known that bear outnumber people by a large margin on the rainforest island known as Kootznoowoo, the Fortress of the Bear, where the brown bear confronts us with our fear of the primeval forest and serves as the ambassador for all things wild.  If we follow a brown bear through the course of her year, from rocky alpine den to a coastal stream exploding with salmon, we’d discover a vast place known intimately by smell and taste.  If we follow bear tracks along the edge of a meadow to her lingering scent on the bark of a spruce tree, we’d inhale her secret message: ‘I am here.’”

Brief History of Pack Creek

  •  Early 1930’s – the area becomes popular with visitors from Juneau
  • 1934 – the Territorial Game Commission prohibits bear hunting within 20 square miles around Pack Creek
  • 1935 – the Civilian Conservation Corps build a trail and a mall tree stand overlooking Pack Creek
  • 1956 – Stan Price, an Alaskan jack of all trades, floats his wannigan (floating house) into the Pack Creek estuary and homestead’s there.  His presence helps to habituate the bears to humans.
  • early 1980’s – visitation begins to get out of hand with visitors in all areas of the estuary and many of them feeding the bears
  • 1984 – the Alaska Board of Game expands the hunting closure to include Swan Cove, Swan Island and Windfall Harbor — a total of about 95 square miles.
  • 1985 – the USFS and Alaska Department of Fish and Game begin actively managing the Pack Creek area
  • 1989 – Stan Price passes away, his last few years he spent only the summers at his homestead in Pack Creek, during the winter he hibernated in Juneau.
  • 1990 – a new viewing tower is built to replace the tree stand built in 1935 and the 60,800-acre Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary was created

Management of Pack Creek

Pack Creek is jointly managed by the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  The management rules and philosophy is designed to protect the bears way of life.  The bears at this site are wild animals that must be allowed to live naturally without undue stress caused by human interference.  In order to accomplish this the human visitors are restricted to certain areas.  They are instructed to do the same thing as the previous visitors and in the same way.  The bears become accustomed and comfortable with the predictable human presence and this creates the unique bear viewing experience that Pack Creek offers.

No humans or bears have ever been harmed at Pack Creek. In order to maintain this record, all visitors must strictly follow the rules. This will ensure a safe and stress free environment for the bears that make Pack Creek their home. It is important to remember these bears are wild animals with potential for aggressive behavior.

What to Expect Upon Arrival

USFS Pack Creek MapWhen you arrive, by kayak, to Pack Creek you will get out onto the beach near the south spit of the estuary.  A ranger will greet you and provide an orientation including rules and important information to be followed while visiting.  At the waters edge you will collect the items you wish to have while on land, tie your boats off to a haulout line, then haul the kayaks out into the water (to protect them from curious bears).  After securing your food you can then walk the 1/4 mile along the beach to the viewing spit or hike about one mile to the observation tower.  The viewing area is open from 9am to 9pm and as long as you follow the rules, you can enjoy the Wilderness and wildlife of Pack Creek all day.

Facilities

The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area is within the Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area.  As a result, this means there are NO facilities on site: no bathrooms, no shelter from the elements, and no cell phone service.

  • NO outhouses or restrooms
  • NO drinking fountains or vending machines
  • NO man-made structures (except the viewing platform)
  • NO protection from the rain, wind, or mosquitoes
  • NO public campgrounds (only isolated campsites)

Bear-proof storage is available for all of your food and gear. Food is allowed at Pack Creek, but it is restricted to the entrance site.

Camping Near Pack Creek

All of the camping near Pack Creek must be accessed by boat.  You will initially be dropped off by float plane near Pack Creek.  There is suitable camping at our drop off locations.  It is also possible to load up the kayaks with your gear and camp in numerous other areas.  This option is excellent for those looking for a private Wilderness experience.  Regardless of where you camp, it is important that you follow Leave No Trace Camping Principles and safe bear camping procedures (bears are excellent swimmers and may be present on any of the islands).  Also, you should be aware that all of the camping in the area is at natural sites – this means that there are no shelters, tent platforms or facilities/amenities.

  • Windfall Island – Flat camping surfaces can be found at the southeast corner of the island at Late Point.  At this site there are two bear hangs that are available for your use to secure your food.  Another excellent site is on a beautiful beach on the northwest corner of the island.  There is no water available on Windfall Island, so you will have to bring it with you or collect it from streams a 1/2 mile away on Admiralty Island.
  • Staunch Point – This site offers excellent camping with a mountain stream running on the edge of the camp and plenty of flat surfaces to accommodate 5 or more tents.  There is also an established bear hang.  Staunch Point, located at the mouth of Windfall Harbor is a 1/2 mile from Late Point and 1.5 miles from Pack Creek.
  • Swan Island – The west shoreline of Swan Island offers some excellent camping.  There are several beaches where you can camp at the forests edge above the high tide line or find flat areas just inside the guard timber.  Clear water can be found in a few small streams on the island.  From Windfall Island camping on Swan is a 1-4 mile paddle away.  Paddling to Pack Creek from the west side of Swan Island will range from 1-4 miles.
  • Windfall Harbor – It is possible to camp on the East side of Windfall Harbor, but not recommended. as there are a lot of bears in Windfall Harbor.
  • Camping Further from Pack Creek – Throughout Seymour Canal you can find beautiful camping areas with flat surfaces for tents and flowing water nearby.  When camping on the beach be aware of the large tidal fluctuations and when in the forest don’t camp along animal trails.

Additional Information Links

Admiralty Island – Kootznoowoo Wilderness – General information about the Kootznoowoo Wilderness

Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary – ADF&G information about the Stan Price Wildlife Sanctuary and Pack Creek

Friends of Admiralty – A non-profit organization that speaks up for the inestimable value of this magnificent treasure

Pack Creek Zoological Assessment  – information about the Pack Creek Zoological Area that includes excellent maps beginning on page 66

 

Depending on your time and interests there are an endless number of ways that you can do a trip in the Pack Creek area.  Given that the majority of the cost of a Pack Creek trip is the float plane flight, we strongly suggest that you spend 3 or more days camping, kayaking, and exploring.  Here are a few suggestions including sample itineraries:

+ Day Trip

This short trip is ideal for the experienced travelers who are only in Juneau for the day and are unable to join a guided day-trip.  This option is an all-inclusive rental package.

Included in the Rental Package:

  • Round trip van transportation from near the cruise ships and most hotels in Juneau to the float plane base
  • Round trip float plane flight from Juneau to Windfall Island located 1 mile from Pack Creek
  • Kayak rental with all the necessary paddling accessories
  • Safety equipment rental: marine radio, bear spray, first aid kit
  • Detailed map and information packet
  • Safety briefing
  • Packed lunch

Important Notes:

  • This all-inclusive package DOES NOT include the permit.  You must obtain your own non-guided permit through the USFS online permit system.
  • This rental package is only available for dates that ABAK does not have a guided day trip scheduled or the scheduled trip is full.
  • Clients must have previous paddling experience.

Sample Itinerary:

The full day adventure begins with a gear outfitting, trip orientation, and safety briefing with an ABAK staff member at the float plane base.  Once packed and ready a 20-30 minute scenic float plane flight brings you to Windfall Island.  From your Wilderness landing site you will collect  the stored kayaks and enjoy a remote sea kayak along the tranquil coastline to Pack Creek.  Once on shore a Ranger will meet you and provide an orientation to the bear viewing site.  The next few hours are spent with activities that may include: observing brown bears and  learning about their habitat and behavior, stretching your legs on a hike through the old growth forest, watching salmon swim upstream to their spawning grounds, snapping National Geographic worthy photos, and taking in the scenic grandeur of the entire ecosystem while enjoying lunch on the beach.  As the time for your return flight nears you will load back into the kayaks and paddle back to your initial landing site on Windfall Island.  After storing the kayaks and collecting all the gear, your taxi, in the form of a float plane, announces its arrival with a dull roar that echoes off of the surrounding mountains.  Following the return flight  a van awaits you at the float plane base and brings you back to your ship or local accommodations with photos to share with friends, an increased appreciation of wilderness solitude, and memories to last a lifetime.

+ 2-Day/1-Night

An overnight trip to Pack Creek is an adventure that shouldn’t be missed for those with previous camping and kayaking experience and a couple of days of time.

Included in the Rental Package:

  • Round trip van transportation from near the cruise ships and most hotels in Juneau to the float plane base (if needed)
  • Round trip float plane flight from Juneau to near Pack Creek
  • 2 days of Kayak rental with all the necessary paddling accessories
  • 2 days of Safety equipment rental: marine radio, bear spray, first aid kit
  • Detailed map and information packet
  • Safety briefing

Optional Items Available at an Additional Cost:

  • Camping equipment rental
  • Food shopping and packaging
  • 2 hour private kayak lesson (scheduled on a previous day)

Important Notes:

  • This all-inclusive package DOES NOT include the permit.  You must obtain your own non-guided permit through the USFS online permit system.
  • Clients must have previous paddling experience.

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1:  Early in the morning you meet an ABAK staff member at the float plane base for gear outfitting, trip orientation, and safety briefing.  A twenty minute scenic flight over the temperate rain forest  and coastline brings to your drop off near Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.  After setting up camp and eating a snack you will get onto the water and enjoy a remote  and scenic paddle up into Windfall Harbor or Swan Cove.  This area in the heart of the Kootznowoo Wilderness of Admiralty Island is well-known for its calm waters, solitude, untouched old growth forest, and the presence of the coastal brown bears.  At the head of the inlet time will be spent on shore observing eagles and other birds, searching for bear sign, and hopefully, watching the wild brown bears in their natural environment.  Once your appetite for experiencing this setting has been satiated, you will paddle back to camp to enjoy a quiet evening and crawl into warm sleeping bags to the sounds of nature.
  • Day 2:  After breakfast you will enjoy a beautiful one to two mile paddle along the rainforest cloaked coastline  brings us to Pack Creek Wildlife Viewing Area.  The entire day is spent at this site with activities including: observing brown bears and  learning about their habitat and behavior, stretching our legs on a one-mile trail through the old growth forest to a viewing platform, watching salmon swim upstream to their spawning grounds, and taking in the scenic grandeur of the entire ecosystem.  In the afternoon a short paddle brings you back to your camp.  After storing the kayaks and collecting all the camping gear, your taxi, in the form of a float plane, arrives to return you back to Juneau with photos to share with friends, an increased appreciation of wilderness solitude, and memories to last a lifetime.
+ 3-Day/2-Night or more

Have more time available to explore the Pack Creek bear sanctuary and the surrounding remote Wilderness?  Then spend three or more days camping in this beautiful environment.  Any length of time can be spent on Admiralty with a nominal daily fee added for every additional day after three.

Included in the Rental Package:

  • Round trip van transportation from near the cruise ships and most hotels in Juneau to the float plane base (if needed)
  • Round trip float plane flight from Juneau to near Pack Creek
  • 3 days of Kayak rental with all the necessary paddling accessories
  • 3 days of Safety equipment rental: marine radio, bear spray, first aid kit
  • Detailed map and information packet
  • Safety briefing

Optional Items Available at an Additional Cost:

  • Additional days for a nominal equipment rental fee
  • Camping equipment rental
  • Food shopping and packaging

Important Notes:

  • This all-inclusive package DOES NOT include the permit.  You must obtain your own non-guided permit through the USFS online permit system.
  • Clients must have previous paddling experience.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  Early in the morning you meet an ABAK staff member at the float plane base for gear outfitting, trip orientation, and safety briefing.  A twenty minute scenic flight over the temperate rain forest  and coastline brings you to your drop off near Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.  After setting up camp and eating a snack you will get onto the water and enjoy a remote  and scenic paddle up into Windfall Harbor or Swan Cove.  This area in the heart of the Kootznowoo Wilderness of Admiralty Island is well-known for its calm waters, solitude, untouched old growth forest, and the presence of the coastal brown bears.  At the head of the inlet time will be spent on shore observing eagles and other birds, searching for bear sign, and hopefully, watching the wild brown bears in their natural environment.  Once your appetite for experiencing this setting has been satiated, you will paddle back to camp to enjoy a quiet evening and crawl into warm sleeping bags to the sounds of nature.

Day 2:  After breakfast you will enjoy a beautiful one to two mile paddle along the rainforest cloaked coastline  brings us to Pack Creek Wildlife Viewing Area.  The entire day is spent at this site with activities including: observing brown bears and  learning about their habitat and behavior, stretching our legs on a one-mile trail through the old growth forest to a viewing platform, watching salmon swim upstream to their spawning grounds, and taking in the scenic grandeur of the entire ecosystem.  In the afternoon a short paddle brings you back to your camp.  After storing the kayaks and collecting all the camping gear, your taxi, in the form of a float plane, arrives to return you back to Juneau with photos to share with friends, an increased appreciation of wilderness solitude, and memories to last a lifetime.

Day 3: Adding a third day to the trip creates the following benefits:

  • Allows a greater amount of time to be spent at Pack Creek on Day 2, as you wouldn’t need to return as early to pack up and catch the return flight.
  • If booked in advance, gives time for a 2nd day to be spent at Pack Creek.  This is a great option for avid photographers.
  • Provides an opportunity to explore more of the greater Seymour Canal/Pack Creek Zoological Area.  The day could be spent paddling to Swan Point to view some gigantic spruce trees, searching for more bears in Swan Cove or Windfall Harbor, exploring the unique muskeg environment on Swan Island, or looking for humpback whales and other marine mammals in Seymour Canal.
  • Gives you more time to be “unplugged” and enjoy the wilderness solitude of Admiralty Island

Additional Days: If you have the time, we strongly encourage you to spend 4 or more days exploring further down Seymour Canal or simply enjoying the Wilderness solitude that Admiralty offers.  Spend a couple of days paddling around Tiedeman Island in search or humpback whales and orca, take several days to make the trip to Mole Harbor, or kayak to the base of an unnamed peak and go for a rugged hike through the temperate rain forest.

+ ONE-WAY Juneau-Pack Creek (or visa-versa)

This trip is ideal for the experienced travelers who are looking to combine a visit to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Sanctuary with a remote Wilderness kayaking camping trip.  ABAK has a few kayaks set aside to be used for this one-way trip.  The previous use of these boats will determine whether you start in Juneau or Windfall Island near Pack Creek.

Included in the Rental Package:

  • Kayak rental with all the necessary paddling accessories
  • Safety equipment rental: marine radio, bear spray, first aid kit
  • Detailed map and information packet
  • Safety briefing

Optional Items Available at an Additional Cost:

  • Van transportation from near the cruise ships and most hotels in Juneau to the float plane base or kayak launch site (Auke Bay, Sheep Creek, or False Outer Point)
  • Float plane flight between Juneau and an island near Pack Creek
  • Water taxi transport between Juneau and Oliver Inlet on Admiralty Island
  • Camping equipment rental (including bear canisters)
  • Food shopping and packaging

Important Notes:

  • This all-inclusive package DOES NOT include the permit.  You must obtain your own non-guided permit through the USFS online permit system.
  • Clients MUST have previous paddling experience.
  • There is a cabin within the Oliver Inlet State Marine Park at the head of Seymour Canal that is available for rental through the state

Sample Itinerary:

The itinerary on this trip has an endless number of variations.  However, most groups choose one of two options: to paddle from the south end of Juneau at Sheep Creek or pay for a water taxi to Oliver Inlet.  Sheep Creek is located 15 miles from ABAK’s kayak shop in Auke Bay.  Getting here one must either use a personal vehicle/friend or arrange a van transport through ABAK.  The use of a water taxi allows paddlers to avoid the 2.5 mile crossing of Stephens Passage, which can often be too rough for kayakers to safely cross.  The sample itinerary below describes the trip utilizing a water taxi.

Note that your actual itinerary can vary greatly in the distance traveled and locations camped.  Along the entire route from Juneau to Pack Creek there are numerous beaches and coves to find wild camping.  The only established site on the route is the State Parks cabin within the Oliver Inlet State Marine Park.

Day 1:  After receiving an orientation and gear outfitting (can be done the previous day), you will meet the water taxi boat at Douglas Boat Harbor.  Enjoy an hour boat cruise to Oliver Inlet on Admiralty Island.  After being dropped off by the boat you will portage gear across a 3/4 mile long tram rail to Seymour Canal.  Once in Seymour Canal you will load up the kayaks and paddle approximately 8 miles to a coastal beach to set up camp.

Day 2:  Following a hot breakfast, you will pack up camp and paddle a distance of approximately 9 miles towards Windfall Island and Pack Creek looking for bears and eagles on the shore and seals and orca on the water.  Your time spent in the kayaks will be broken up with breaks on land to relax, comb the beaches, or explore the old growth temperate rain forest.  Camp will be setup on the south end of Windfall Island.

Day 3:  In the morning a beautiful short paddle along the rainforest cloaked coastline brings you to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area.  The entire day can be spent at this site with activities including: observing brown bears and  learning about their habitat and behavior, stretching your legs on a one-mile trail through the old growth forest to a viewing platform, watching salmon swim upstream to their spawning grounds, and taking in the scenic grandeur of the entire ecosystem.  In the afternoon a short paddle brings you back to our Windfall Island where you will pack up your camp, store the kayaks, and be picked up by a float plane for the 20 minute return flight to Juneau.

Between June 1st and September 10th permits are required to enter the Pack Creek bear viewing site.  For unguided trips (such as this rental package) you must obtain your own permit from the US Forest Service. ABAK is NOT allowed to do it for you!

Permits are not required for overnight camping outside the bear viewing area, but you must leave the Pack Creek site via boat, plane or kayak.

Permit Categories: During the summer there are three different permit time periods

  • Off Season: Prior to June 1st and after September 10th.  During this time no permit is required and there are no Rangers at the bear viewing site.  May can be a good time to view bears, but we don’t recommend planning a trip after September 10th.
  • Shoulder Season: June 1-July 4 and August 26-September 10.  During this time permits are required, but are not limited in availability. Permits can also be purchased with cash the day of arrival.  The middle of May to the middle of June can be a good bear viewing time, as it is mating season and there is snow on the mountains that forces the bears to the shoreline.  Late June and September are less active times for the bears along the coast.
  • Peak Season: July 5-August 25.  This time frame is when the salmon are typically spawning in Pack Creek and, consequently, has the highest number of bears in the area for the summer.  During this time permits are required and must be purchased in advance.  A maximum of 24 visitors per day, 12 guided and 12 unguided, are allowed into the bear viewing area throughout the peak season.  

Reserve a Permit:

To check permit availability or to reserve and purchase a permit between June 1 – September 10, go to www.recreation.gov. Enter “Pack Creek” in the WHERE box, then click on Check Availability, then enter your preferred Date and your Group Size. You will see a two week block of dates, with “A12” or other number, referring to the number of spaces available for that Date. Note that in the Shoulder Season before July 5 and after August 25 there is no limit on the permits, so the calendar shows “A99.”

Once you have checked on permit availability, contact us for your kayak and other equipment reservation.  Unless you have a large group, or are renting at the last minute, there will very likely be a kayak available on Windfall Island or at Staunch Point for your trip.

Permit Fees:

  • Shoulder Season

    • Adults (16-61) – $20
    • Children (under 16) – $10
    • Seniors (over 61) – $10
  • Peak Season
    • Adults (16-61) – $50
    • Children (under 16) – $25
    • Seniors (over 61) – $25

Rates are determined largely based on the cost of the round trip float plane transportation from Juneau to Admiralty Island.  As a result, it becomes more affordable to do as long of a trip as you have the time and energy to do.

There are set basic rates that serve as a general guideline.  Rates may vary depending on passenger weights and the plane’s weight capacity and they will increase if you select any of the optional service items that are available.  It is also possible to get a discounted trip rate if you choose to fly on one of Above & Beyond Alaska’s “dead head” flights (an empty flight traveling to or from Pack Creek that will typically be carrying guided clients in the opposite direction).

Basic Rates: please read the Trip Options tab for information on what is included with the basic packages.

  • One Day Rental Package (2 person minimum) – $599 per person
    • This all-inclusive package DOES NOT include a permit.  These must be obtained on your own.
    • This rental package is only available for dates that ABAK does not have a guided day trip scheduled or the scheduled trip is full
  • 2 Days/1 Night or 3 days/2 Nights Rental Packages (2 person minimum)
    • $699 / person for two people
    • $599 / person for three or more people
    • Each Additional Day after the 3rd Day – $65/person/day
  • One-Way Juneau to Pack Creek
    • $65/person/day  

 

Optional Service Items Rates

  • Each additional day after the 3rd day – $65/person/day
  • Camping equipment rental – ABAK has all the basic camping equipment you would need: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, pots & cookware, camp chairs, and more.  Please view our Camping Equipment Rental page for more information.
  • Food shopping and packaging – $125 for two people for shopping/packing and $25 each additional person plus the food cost
  • For the One-Way paddling trip, contact us for quotes on the cost of van transportation, float plane flights, and water taxi services

 

Kayak Rental ONLY Rates

This option is available for those that only want to rent kayaks.  Included in the rental is the kayak, all the necessary kayaking accessories (PFD, rubber boots, paddle float, bilge pump, paddle, spray skirt, a complete Pack Creek information packet available by email, and a safety briefing/orientation.  To collect the kayak accessories, information packet, and to receive a safety briefing renters must meet ABAK staff at our kayak shop in Auke Bay. Safety equipment is required for Pack Creek rentals and we have marine radios, first aid kits, and bear spray available as add on rentals.

  • Daily rate- $65/person/day

* Solo kayakers must have previous kayaking and camping experience.  Due to the increased risks involved with solo travel ABAK reserves the right to refuse service to those they deem as having an insufficient level of experience.

 

Available Deadhead Flights

A discount of $50 per person is available for those that utilize ABAK’s “deadhead” flights.  Currently the majority of the following flights are available for a morning return (from Admiralty) or an afternoon departure (from Juneau):

2016 Dates – Please contact our office for availability

Reservations, Payment, and Cancellations:

Please complete the Reservation Form online or contact our office directly with the dates you would like to reserve a rental package and any additional services you require.  Our office will reply back within 24 hours with availability and a price quote for your rental. 
To make a reservation with us, we require a 50% deposit with a Visa or Mastercard.  Any payment made with our company is fully refundable 31 days or more prior to trip date.  If the reservation is cancelled between 30-15 days prior to trip date, 50% of total trip price becomes non-refundable.  If the reservation is cancelled 14 days or less prior to trip date, 100% of total trip price becomes non-refundable.  If you do need to cancel the reservation for any reason prior to your trip date, we require all cancellation requests in writing by email.  If the float plane cancels due to weather, the rental package is fully refundable less a $50 fee per person plus any food costs.

Currently there is availability for any day between May 15th and September 10th.  August 1st-5th has limited availability remaining.  Contact our office for questions regarding availability.

*WAIVER FORM and RENTAL CONTRACT*  Each individual on the trip must sign a waiver form and rental contract at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to these documents is not permitted.

  • **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.

  • YOU are responsible for obtaining your own permit to visit Pack Creek.  Note that it is possible to camp on Windfall Island, rent kayaks, and paddle to areas around Pack Creek without a permit.
  • Age Requirements:
    • Minimum Age – 10 years
    • Maximum Age – Age is relative, there is no maximum age limit. However, clients must be physically capable of camping and paddling safely on their own.
  • For those spending multiple days around Pack Creek you will be camping at primitive, 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 available for rent from ABAK are 2 or 3 person backpacking style tents that are weather tight, but comfortably snug.  Additionally, even though you may be camped on an island, bears can swim well.  It is important to practice good bear camping by cooking 100 yards from your tent and storing all food and garbage in a bear hang or bear proof containers.  DON’T keep food in your tent.

  • ABAK practices Leave No Trace principles and expects clients to do so as well.  Please review our Leave No Trace Camping Principles information

  • There is a limited weight and space capacity of the floatplane.  Consider the necessity of each item you bring, how much it weighs, and how much space it takes.  Please review our Recommended Gear List (Sea Kayaking Overnight Equipment List)

  • We outfit all clients in sit-in plastic single or double kayaks with spray skirts and rudders.

  • 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.

  • The rangers at Pack Creek are there to protect the bears, enforce rules, minimize human-bear interactions, and answer questions. The rangers are not guides, wardens, or guards. There are people around at most times, but the ranger does not accompany you everywhere.

  • Bring only as much gear to Pack Creek as you can carry, and keep it near you at all times. Bears will get into any gear left unattended. A small amount of gear can be left in the food cache but not large bags. Rangers are not responsible for watching your gear.

  • Do not pass onto or over the tidal mud flat at Pack Creek, even if you are in a kayak and it is covered by water. Stay out beyond the crab pot buoys when boating past Pack Creek delta. Bears may not be approached by water.

  • The best bear viewing (and wildlife viewing in general) is in the mornings and evenings. If you visit only during mid-day, you will probably see fewer bears.

  • 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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