Kayaking & Paddling

Kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park is a once in a lifetime experience, and a connection to a long history of human powered travel along the coast. 

The Sugpiaq (also known Alutiiq) are a maritime people who hunted and lived along the Kenai Peninsula. Every Alutiiq man owned a qayaq, a precursor of today’s kayaks. 

“The qayaq was both a lifeline and a symbol of manhood. Men harvest from the ocean, traded across great distances, and brought supplies home. Children could even travel along, lying inside the boat,” according to the Alutiiq Museum

Today, paddlers explore the waters, passing through the frigid waters and by tidewater glaciers.
Paddling in Kenai Fjords National Park without a guide is not recommended. Seasoned and knowledgable guides are available to facilitate a wonderful and safe experience.