Seward Alaska Campground, Cabin, Fishing, Sea Kayaking, Tours

 

Kayaking FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

1. What to Wear?

When travelling in Alaska it's best to layer your clothing. Synthetic materials are warm and dry quickly. Wool retains heat well when wet. We do not recommend down/feather materials as they lose all insulative properties when wet. A rain jacket is definitely recommended. If you are travelling with full rain gear, bring it along, as well as a cap and sunglasses. You might want to wear water proof hiking boots or rubber boots. An extra pair of socks always comes in handy. Dry bags are available for storing an extra layer, your camera, and binoculars while you are kayaking for a small additional charge. 

2. How Soon Should I Make Reservations for A Guided Trip?

Expeditions and local accommodations fill fast so reserve now to avoid disappointment! Our adventures can fill up many months in advance, however it is frequently possible to join a trip with just a couple of days notice. Call us at 907-331-4040 or email us at millerslanding@alaska.com to check on space. 

3. Are Gift Certificates Available?

Gift certificates are the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life! If you know a kayaker, outdoor enthusiast, or whale lover, you can give them a gift certificate for any of our expeditions or a specific dollar amount. You can reserve their space, or allow them to call us and make their own choice of dates later. 

4. What About Discounts?

Discounts are often offered for those making reservations online. We do offer discounts to larger groups this can be quoted on a case by case basis. Please send us an email for more information to millerslanding@alaska.com. 

5. What About Payment?

You can pay with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover. We will send you a written confirmation either by email or US Postal Service once we have successfully processed your reservation request. 

6. What Are the Age Limitations?

Kayaking trips are generally for ages 11 to 70 years and no experience is necessary. On custom or private trips we often allow younger aged children, check out our Fun Paddle! To paddle in a tandem (two-person) kayak a child must be physically fit and weigh about 100 pounds. Smaller children will need to paddle with a parent or much older sibling. Parties that desire to include young children are encouraged to schedule custom trips or to participate in expeditions designed especially with families in mind. Call us and we can help match your group with another of similar interests and ages!

7. I am a big/tall person, can I still take a guided trip?

Our Looksha kayaks are very spacious boats, however there are some height and weight restrictions that have been set by Necky. Check the kayak cockpit sizes below to measure if you're legs will fit inside the kayak. Generally speaking, someone taller than 6'4" is going to have a tough time kayaking with us becaus the cockpit is too cramped. Necky kayaks also have a weight limit of 575lbs between two paddlers (plus gear). If you and your paddling partner are larger than these perameters we, unfortunately, will be unable to take you paddling due to safety concerns. Call and ask a guide if you have any questions about this delicate situation.

8. Tell Me About the Release of Liability

Each participant is required to sign a Release of Liability before being allowed to participate in any trip. This document releases Miller’s Landing from liability in the case of accident or injury for any reason. Minors must sign the Release of Liability and have their parents sign the document as well.  In regards to your travel arrangements, we are pleased to provide a water taxi service (included in the cost of your guided trip) to get you get to remote kayaking destinations. Miller’s Landing is not responsible for expenses arising from the delay, extension, or cancellation of a trip due to weather, breakdowns, or other causes beyond our control. Miller’s Landing strongly recommends trip insurance when taking multi day trips.  Fortunately for everyone, cancellations of a scheduled trip are an extremely rare occurrence. Nevertheless, we must reserve the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient sign-up or logistical problems. The refund of all payments received shall release Miller’s Landing from any further liability, including expenses incurred by participants in preparation and travel for the trip. 

9. Does Miller’s Landing provide Medical Insurance?

Miller’s Landing does not provide medical insurance. We advise you to examine your present insurance policy to make certain you possess adequate medical and personal injury coverage for travel in remote areas. All trips are led by guides with first-aid qualifications and communication equipment. However, Miller’s Landing assumes no responsibility regarding provision of medical care or evacuation. You will receive a medical questionnaire that must be completed and returned before being allowed to participate in any multi day trip. 

10. What is provided on a Miller’s Landing Guided Kayaking Trip?

Miller’s Landing will provide friendly and informative, trained kayak guides and all necessary sea kayak equipment, safety gear, cooking gear, dry bags, utensils, and tents (on multi-day trips). On most multi-day trips we include expertly prepared delicious food for the duration of the tour (except breakfast on the first day) unless you opt to bring your own food and camp gear (for a discounted rate) and do your own cooking.

11. How should I tip?

Tips are voluntary, but greatly appreciated! They are generally 10%-15% based on your guide's performance.

12. What type of kayaks are you using?

The kayaks that we use for our guided trips are the same ones we rent to our customers.

Our Single Kayaks- Looksha 17™ Polymer:

Specs:

MATERIAL: Superlinear® Polyethylene
LENGTH: 17' 4" / 5.3 m
WIDTH: 23.75" / 60.3 cm
WEIGHT: 68 lbs / 30.8 kg
COCKPIT: 33" x 17.25" / 83.8 x 43.8 cm
BOW HATCH: 16.5" x 10.5" / 41.9 x 26.7 cm
STERN HATCH: 16.5" x 10.5" / 41.9 x 26.7 cm
STORAGE CAPACITY: 189.3L / 11552 cu in
MAX CAPACITY: 325-375 lbs / 147.4-170.1 kg

Features:

- Active Comfort System (ACS) seat
- Adjustable thigh braces
- Bow and stern Quick Seal hatches with Cross Lock™ buckle system and bulkheads for ample, dry storage
- Deck bungee
- Reflective safety perimeter line
- Support Track foot brace system
- Rudder system with adjustable foot pedals

Our Double Kayaks- Looksha T™ Polymer:

Specs:

MATERIAL: Superlinear® Polyethylene
LENGTH: 18' 1" / 5.5 m
WIDTH: 30" / 76.2 cm
WEIGHT: 96 lbs / 43.5 kg
COCKPIT: 35.5" x 17.3" / 90.2 x 43.8 cm
BOW HATCH: 16.5" x 10.5" / 41.9 x 26.7 cm
STERN HATCH: 16.5" x 10.5" / 41.9 x 26.7 cm
STORAGE CAPACITY: 190 L / 11595 cu in
MAX CAPACITY: 575-625 lbs / 260.8-283.5 kg

Features:

- Comfortable cushioned composite seats with removable pedestal
- Comfort Fit™ adjustable thigh braces
- Bow and stern Quick Seal hatches with Cross Lock™ buckle system and bulkheads
- Deck bungee
- Reflective safety perimeter line
- Support Track foot brace system
- Rudder system with adjustable foot pedals