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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 a 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 10 and up!


  • 7:30 a.m.: Check-in to office for parking pass and to sign necessary forms
  • 8 a.m.: Meet guide, get outfitted for paddle
  • 8:15 a.m.: Warm-up exercises, safety briefing
  • 8:25 a.m.: Depart for your Caines Head tour
  • Paddle to Caines Head and hike four miles round trip to Fort McGilvray
  • 1:15 p.m.: Water taxi pick-up and depart for Miller’s Landing, only 15 minutes away!

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Please note: All clients paddle tandem kayaks. This Caines Head kayak and hike tour is appropriate for children ages 10 and over. This paddle is approximately five hours in length.

Paddle one way and take the water taxi back (included in cost) to save energy for another amazing Alaskan adventure!

No experience needed, all gear and instruction provided.  You will need to wear clothing appropriate for an Alaskan adventure– see our Kayaking FAQ for details!

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