Explore Lake Clark
Explore Lake Clark
This trip is for those wanting a relaxing getaway weekend in Lake Clark National Park. Let us load the Tulchina up with everything you need and head to The Islands for an overnight unguided camping/kayaking trip or a full-day unguided kayaking trip with a drop-off/pick-up. This is Alaska wilderness kayaking at its finest.
Unguided Camping/Kayaking The Tulchina leaves Port Alsworth according to your schedule, and we take you to our private campground in Onion Bay fully loaded with kayaks and everything you need to relax and enjoy a leisurely weekend at your own pace. Base camp at Onion Bay and explore The Islands for all they have to offer. Wildlife abounds here. You are sure to see black and brown bears, moose, bald eagles and cliffs of nesting birds. Fishing is great in this area and salmon can be seen spawning in late summer/early fall. Don't worry we will provide you with a bear proof food canister so the sly fox doesn't eat your dinner. When you are ready, the Tulchina will pick you and your gear up. Cost: $475 for 2 people for 2 days/1 night. (Includes kayaks for 2 days, private campground, camp chairs, bear barrel, round-trip water taxi. Additional camping gear available upon request.) Please contact us for multi-day or group rates.
Full-Day Unguided The options are limitless. We drop you off, we pick you up or we do both. For the adventurous, we recommend an early morning departure from Port Alsworth. Cruise the north shore of Lake Clark and head to The Islands. On the way, pull up on the beach at the mouth of the Kijik River for a picnic lunch and you will see why the early Dena'ina Athabascan settled near here. From Kijik continue another 30 minutes along the shore until you come to Priest Rock. Check out the old cabin and look for signs of one of Priest Rock's legends. From here start heading to The Islands. You probably need more than a full-day to experience it all, but you will enjoy every minute of what time you have. At the day's end, the Tulchina will swing in and take you back to Port Alsworth.....Or, simply relax and let us drop you off and we will come pick you up. Cost: One-way water taxi trip for 2 $255. (Includes double kayak, one-way water taxi.) Roundtrip water taxi for 2 $390. (Includes double kayak and roundtrip water taxi.)
Priest Rock Public Cabin
Priest Rock Public Cabin
Planning to stay in Lake Clark National Park's public use cabin? Let us provide you with the transportation and gear you need! Our water taxi, the Tulchina, departs from Port Alsworth and can haul passengers, gear and kayaks in one trip.* In our opinion, kayaks are a must have for exploring when staying in this perfectly located cozy cabin. Need gear? We can set you up with camp chairs, cookstove, sleeping bags, even drinking water! Go to recreation.gov to make your cabin reservations and contact us to reserve your water taxi and kayaks.
*Passenger/gear limitations apply. Contact us for rates and specifics for your group size.
Little Lake Clark
Little Lake Clark
This is the Big One. Available only from July through late summer, this is one of Lake Clark National Park's trips of a lifetime. Water falls, sheer cliffs to the water, and wildlife abounds. Located at the headwaters of Lake Clark, this trip takes a little time and a little planning. We drop you off and you choose between a Little Lake Clark pick-up or a multi-day paddle back to Port Alsworth. Cost: $455 per one-way water taxi into Little Lake Clark, $895 round-trip. $90 per day for double kayak. Max group size 4. (Please note: availability of this trip can change subject to conditions.)
Big mountains aren't everything. We can't explain the love we have for this area. It is something that can only be experienced. Think tundra, caribou moss, blueberries, fishing and accessible mountains for rugged off-trail hiking. This is it! So many options. Kayak from Port Alsworth and back. Climb a mountain. Drop-offs, pick-ups, both? Paddle the whole lower lake. Why not? We recommend at least 2 or 3 nights at Brooks Cove. Why? Porkypine Peak (Taz Mountain) is a must-do challenge.
Do-it-yourself Day 1: Leave from Port Alsworth and you will be at our private Brooks Cove campsite within half-a-day if you don't get side-tracked along the way. Popular 22 Mile creek is just a 15 minute paddle from the campsite and there are more fishing creeks before this one. Day 2: Leave from Brooks Cove and spend the day climbing Taz Mountain. This rugged off-trail hike is strenuous but with great views of Lake Clark National Park. (Don't worry. We've GPS'ed the route.) At the end of the day you will feel satisfied and exhausted but the scenery from this campsite is amazing with it's long Bristol Bay sunsets. It doesn't get any better. Day 3: Sleep in after your long hike, drink some coffee and enjoy a quiet morning. Then, spend the day resting your legs and exploring the rolling tundra from your kayak while you paddle around lower Lake Clark. Day 4: After spending 3 nights at Brooks Cove, choose from a half-day paddle back to Port Alsworth enjoying the views of the scenic big mountains, or hop on the Tulchina and we will have you back in Port Alsworth in no time. Cost: $130 per day for 2 for basic trip option. (Includes kayaks, campsite, and firewood.) Prices vary with trip options so contact us for more details.
Multi-day tour of western half of Lake Clark. We absolutely have fallen in love with this trip. Day 1: The Tulchina drops you and kayaks off at a designated National Park campsite at the outlet to the Newhalen River and Six Mile Lake. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the northwestern shores into Portage Bay. Enjoy fishing, blueberry picking and watching the salmon jump in the river current. Day 2: Kayak the southwestern shores of Lake Clark to our Brooks Cove campsite, enjoying the rolling tundra, salmon and blueberries. Spend another night enjoying western Alaska's long sunsets. Day 3: Kayak back to Port Alsworth. Cost: Water taxi drop-off $330. Kayaks $55/day for single. $90/day tandem. Brooks Cove campsite $30.
Go Anywhere! Really the trips and ideas we have are just a few options. Paddle around all of Lake Clark! We dare you! We can drop you off, pick you up, or you can choose to be entirely on your own. Either way, we offer DeLorme inReach rentals so you are never out of touch. Here are a few more ideas:
Chulitna Bay Rent the Ket'nu for some world class Northern Pike Fishing in Lake Clark National Park. These fish can be monsters! This is also bird and wildlife haven. Although the water is not pristine crystal blue due to the natural muds of the Chulitna River, when you are here you know why this area was such a vital heartbeat to the Dena'ina Athabascan.
Tommy Creek Short on time? This half-day paddle might turn into a full day if you get distracted. Bald eagles, fishing, black bears. Although Tommy Creek is less than 6 miles out of town, you will experience Lake Clark National Park. Great for those who want to get out on their own but are a little intimidated.
Munyuq Beach (pronounced Mun-Yuck). Ok. It is directly across the lake from Port Alsworth. However, it is still one of our favorites! Perfect sunsets on the beach and a 5 minute hike for views of the length of Lake Clark. For those with late arrival flights into Port Alsworth, this is one to get you into Lake Clark National Park quickly. Within an hour paddle you are on the other side of the lake and enjoying some serenity. The next day? Continue on a kayak trip up lake to Kijik or down lake to White Sands Beach. Or head back to Port Alsworth and enjoy something new.