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Caines Head 3/4-Day with Water Taxi

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Paddle & Hike Caines Head with a Water Taxi Back!

Want to do the Full-Day Caines Head trip but don’t have the time or energy for the whole trip? No worries! Paddle out to awesome Fort McGilvray, and we can pick you up with the water taxi vessel for the ride back!

This Alaskan adventure tour includes paddling and hiking but with a relaxing water taxi back to Miller’s Landing! It is very popular with birders and naturalists. Paddle from beautiful Miller’s Landing area of Lowell Point to Caines Head State Park on the western side of Resurrection Bay, and enjoy a one-way water taxi back for wildlife watching — see eagles, sea lions, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, and mountain goats. It’s a great way to save a few hours and a bit of energy after an exciting day exploring Alaska!

Paddle by Tonsina Creek, where salmon are spawning (when in season), and the beautiful “ghost forest” remains from the ruins of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. Traversing further, we pass Bridal Veil Falls, a beautiful cascading waterfall. On this Alaskan kayak excursion, we often see eagles, sea otters, sea lions, and sometimes mountains goats, black bears, and orcas and humpback whales.

This combo tour offers a 4-mile hike to explore the historical Fort McGilvray and its army bunkers and gun embedments left from World War II. The hike is fairly easy (650 feet vertical gain over the 2-mile ascent to the fort), and awaiting you at the top is a beautiful panoramic view of the Gulf of Alaska. No experience is necessary but, be prepared for an exciting, physically stimulating day. This trip is best for ages 12 and up!

 Meeting Time

    Ending Time

Meeting Place



7:30 am


Plan to arrive at 7:30 am to check in, park, and get ready. The trip will start at 8 am

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1:30 pm

Expect to be back at Miller’s landing around 1:30 pm. This time can change depending on water and wind conditions

Meet at the main office, 13880 Beach Drive Seward, AK. Check in early to meet your guide and even enjoy a cup of coffee on our porch that overlooks the water.

Age Requirements




What to Bring




We require a minimum age of 12 years old to take this trip 



This is a great paddle for beginners who want to paddle and hike. Paddle 5 miles to Caines Head State Recreation Area, then hike 4 miles before getting picked up by a water taxi 


Comfortable hiking shoes, snacks or a lunch, warm or waterproof layer, dry bag or backpack to protect your tech and carry anything you might want with you on the hike  


More Information

  • Get a panoramic view of the Gulf of Alaska.
  • Take a water taxi back instead of paddling!
  • Watch for whales, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats, black bears, and Dall’s porpoises!
  • Paddle past driftwood ghost forests from the 1964 Alaskan earthquake.
  • No experience needed, all gear and instruction provided.
  • Please note: All participants paddle tandem kayaks. This paddle is appropriate for children aged 12 and over.
  • Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! (Suggested tip $15 to $25/person)


Start your morning by meeting your guide, getting geared up and ready to paddle along the coast to Caines Head State Recreation Area.

From there we paddle past Tonsina Beach, where salmon spawn (when in season), and view the beautiful yet mysterious ghost forest remains from the ruins of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. We continue on to Caines Head State Park. Paddlers often see eagles, sea otters, sea lions, and sometimes mountain goats, black bears, and orca and humpback whales.

Hike up to Fort McGilvray through the stunning Chugach National Forest, admiring the blankets of moss and picking berries late summer. Then you will find yourself at the entrance of the WWII bunker. Hopefully, you brought your flashlight because it’s dark inside.

After the hike, you will take a relaxing water taxi ride back to Miller’s Landing on one of our landing crafts.

This paddle is ideal for those wanting to paddle, hike, and explore all that Resurrection Bay has to offer. No sea kayaking experience is necessary; however, be ready to paddle 5 easy miles and do a 4 mile hike.

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