Alaska Vistas offers guided kayak tours for all levels of paddling experience.
A good beginner’s paddle takes in the town’s waterfront, harbor, and Chief Shake’s Island, site of one of the most authentic Native tribal houses in Alaska, surrounded by totem poles.
Another option is our three-hour tour to paddle the quiet waters around islands south of town, where you’ll likely spot seals, otters, and can marvel at a 1000-pound bald eagle’s nest. Or, we can guide the Back Channel, which separates Wrangell from the mainland. It’s a 40-minute drive through rainforest to the put-in, and in the protected waterways, there’s a good chance of seeing bears fishing in streams, and we often run into commercial fishermen at work.
John Muir used Wrangell as his base camp during his explorations of Alaska, because he knew it was the perfect place for a paddle. It still is.