Alaska Sea Kayaking in Seward's Resurrection Bay the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. 4-hour guided Resurrection Bay Seward kayak trip starts at Lowell Point, we'll be sea kayaking out to Tonsina Point. Sea Kayaking in Resurrection Bay offers opportunities to see Alaska wildlife such as whales, eagles, sea otters, sea lions in a natural Alaska wilderness settings.

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Seward, Alaska Resurrection Bay
4-Hour Resurrection Bay Lowell Point Seward Sea Kayaking Adventure

Steller sea lionThis 4-hours sea kayaking adventure in Seward's Resurrection Bay is ideal for those with limited time. We offer daily departure and 3 departure times to fit just about any travel schedule. Anchorage depature is also available on the 12:30 p.m. trip.


Lowell Point Sea KayakingWe launch our sea kayaks from Lowell Point and head out to explore the historic Resurrection Bay named by Alexander Baranof, an early Russian Alaska explorer and fur trader.

In 1792 while sailing from Kodiak to Yakutat, Alexander Baranof hit a storm and sought shelter in Resurrection bay. The day was the Russian Sunday of the Resurrection and thus he named the bay Resurrection Bay.

Resurrection Bay was formed as ice receded from the Sargent Icefield and Harding ice field. All that is left of this gigantic tidewater glacier are a number of alpine hanging glaciers that can be seen up on the mountain-rimmed bay, and Exit Glacier, a piedmont glacier that has now receded up the valley so that it is more than 6 miles from the bay's waters edge.

During World War II with Japan's invasion of Attu and Kiska Island on the Alaska Aleutian Islands, Seward and Alaska would see a construction boom with much of Alaska road system being built and the building of the Alaska Railroad. The importance of Seward's Resurrection Bay was soon realized. It was a strategically located ice-free deepwater bay that would become an important supply center for Interior Alaska. Still remaining on the outer edge of the bay are a number of abandoned World War II gun batteries and forts that were build to protect the bay from the invading Japanese Forces.

Resurrection Bay Sea KayakingMore recently, the opening scene of the film The Hunt for Red October was filmed in Resurrection Bay, with the bay serving as a stand-in for Russia's Murmansk Fjord.

Our 4-hour Resurrection Bay Seward Sea Kayaking adventure will take us out to Tonsina Point's ghost forest, a remnant of the 1964 earthquake. Alaska's 1964 earthquake was the largest quake recorded in North America. The ground at Tonsina Point sank exposing the tree roots to saltwater, killing the trees but preserving the standing trees. If the tides are right we might be able to paddle up into the month of Tonsina Creek to see the spawning salmon.

While exploring Resurrection Bay our naturalist guides will share the rich national history with you while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife and alpine glaciers. Often seen are sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, bald eagles, jumping salmon and occasionally we see whales that venture into the bay.

Trip Planning - Getting To Seward, Alaska is just 125 miles south of Anchorage. You can reach Seward by road or on the Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic Train. If you need help with transportation Backcountry Safaris would be happy to package bus or Alaska Railroad transportation to Seward as well as overnight lodging in Seward if needed.

A Backcountry Safaris host will pick you up at your hotel about 15 minutes prior to departure time.

After arriving at Lowell Point our guides will outfit you with a dry suit, boots, gloves, rain hat, and life jacket. We will also provide a dry bag for your camera if needed to help keep your camera dry between shots.

After a short kayaking instructions from our guides we will head out to explore Resurrection Bay. About halfway into the trip we will make a quick stop on the beach for you to stretch your legs and for hot drinks and a snack.

After returning our host will return you to your hotel, say goodbye and wish you good journeys on the rest of your Seward adventures.

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Tour Type: Sea Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Difficulty: Moderate
Prior Experience: None
2013 Tour Dates
Form your own group for a group discount and choose any departure time or choose from one of our scheduled tour times.

Daily departures May 28 – September 3

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Also available with transportation from Anchorage)

4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tour Rates

$85 each plus tax.

Optional Anchorage Departure
includes transportation from Anchorage. Departs Anchorage 6:45 a.m. Round Trip to Seward on the Alaska Railroad’s Costal Classic train. Arrives back in Anchorage around 10:15 p.m.

$225 each plus tax.

Group discounts are available.

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