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kayak alaska Port Ashton Lodge



"What's the name of that lake?"


Is a question we often get asked at Port Ashton Lodge about the water in front of the cabins. Even though it is the ocean, the water is almost always flat and reflective, like a lake. Sawmill Bay is sheltered from storms by the island in the middle of the bay opening. The calm, protected waters in our area make kayaking adventures accessible for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

Kayaking provides a unique opportunity to become more immersed in nature. It is common to see wildlife, such as otters, seals, sea lions, and eagles during a paddle, but even if you don't, the serene setting is relaxing to drift in. Sunsets are exceptionally breathtaking when viewed from a kayak. In late July, when schools of pink salmon flood the bay (the largest pink salmon run in the world), you can kayak among them and listen to them jump, fall, and smack back into the water, sounding like popcorn. 


We provide the kayaks, life vests, and everything else you'll need for a wonderful experience at a nominal fee. 


When kayaking, you'll most likely see otters in the distance. They're curious, but very cautious, and will disappear underwater quickly if you start to approach. 


Seals will see you before you see them, but you'll notice their presence after a while. They like to follow behind, watching from a safe distance with their big eyes. They're practically 'sea dogs.' 

Sea lions like to make their presence known. You'll hear a loud SPOOSHHH as they exhale air, surfacing nearby. Although they are not known to attack humans, it is best to practice caution when kayaking in the sea lion's territory. The males can grow to the size of refrigerators and they all have sharp canines for catching and consuming salmon. They're curious creatures, and will pass underneath your kayak and lazily roll around in the water near you, investigating. 

kayak fishing


You could also try your luck fishing from a kayak. Clients have been successful in the past snagging salmon and landing them in the kayak or paddling to shore to land them there. 

Halibut fishing from a floating, sit-on-top kayak is a bit more tricky, but not impossible. 

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