Enter into the wilderness realm of Prince William Sound during this kayaking tour to Chenega Bay. Although there is some hiking to be had, wildlife is definitely the focus of this trip. You may see black bears, otters, and deer feeding in the tidal flats at the head of Orca Cove. From April through October, humpback whales feed in Whale Bay. The humpbacks can often be enjoyed from the comfort of camp. Of course, paddling beside humpbacks is truly a unique and humbling experience. The following paddle plan represents the possibilities of this area. This route is subject to change to facilitate whale watching, and prevailing conditions. Your experienced guide will show you an Alaskan experience to remember. As well as helping you explore the Sound, your guides will prepare hearty, healthy meals, provide snacks, and warm drinks throughout your paddling day.
Arrive in Whittier by 10:00 AM. We will pack our gear into dry bags and your guides will offer an initial orientation. We will water taxi to Point Nowell, load our kayaks and paddle to Ewan Bay for our first camp. We will explore Ewan Bay and it's tidal waterfall, from camp. 2
Whittier - Ewan Bay
We break camp, and paddle into Icy Bay, and camp on it's shore or in Nassau Fjord, ice permitting. Chenega Glacier is one of the biggest and most powerful glaciers in the Sound. Its face is over 2 miles wide and 300 feet tall. We find a clear route through the "frozen margarita" ice to an isolated beach at the base of Tigertail Glacier. From here, we have an awe inspiring close-up view of Chenega as it calves giant icebergs into the sea. Hiking up from the beach we climb onto the foot of Tigertail Glacier. In the bay hundreds of Harbor seals are sleeping on the icebergs and the bolder ones surface near our kayaks to "check us out". This section of coast is excellent for spotting black bear and deer; there are also numerous salmon streams and waterfalls. Bald eagles are abundant. We will also paddle into Gaamaak Cove to visit the always busy Black Legged Kittiwake rookery.
Ewan Bay - Chenega Bay - Icy Bay
After breaking camp, we will paddle from Icy Bay or Nassau Fjord. We will visit the spectacular Chenega (if we haven't already) or Tiger Glaciers, both emanating from the expansive Sargent Ice Field. The scenery changes, as the mountains become even more dramatic. The fjord is narrow and vertical with an unbelievable amount of waterfalls. This is also an excellent area to see more black bears. We land at a beach that is safe but is "almost too close" to watch the Tiger glacier calve icebergs. We will then paddle the opposite shore of Icy Bay, and set up camp at Dual Head for the next two nights.
We will continue to explore in Icy Bay, as well as Whale Bay, Humpback Cove, and Orca Cove. As we enter Humpback cove, the mountains and glaciers surrounding the Sargent Icefield comes into view. It is about 6 miles to our next camp, which we will paddle in a couple of hours.
Icy Bay - Whittier
We will continue to explore these areas, and break camp for a mid-afternoon water taxi back to Whittier.
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