Lutak Inlet and Taiyasanka Harbor

Haines, Alaska

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Lutak Inlet and Taiyasanka Harbor provide scenic paddling at any time of the summer, but their main attribute is the opportunity to see a lot of marine mammals (sea lions, humpbacks whales, and orcas) in the spring during heavy fish runs. Most of this area is easy paddling in settled weather. On the south side of the inlet, there is a highway and other commercial development, which distracts from the enjoyment of wilderness but means easy access to shore for haul outs. In contrast the north side of Lutak Inlet has a steeper and more difficult shoreline. This area as well as Taiyasanka Harbor is a trip to be made with or by more experienced kayakers.

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"Lutak Inlet and Taiyasanka Harbor provide scenic paddling at any time of the summer, but their main attribute is the opportunity to see a lot of marine mammals (sea lions, humpbacks whales, and orcas) in the spring during heavy fish runs.

Most of this area is easy paddling in settled weather. On the south side of the inlet, there is a highway and other commercial development, which distracts from the enjoyment of wilderness but means easy access to shore for haul outs. In contrast the north side of Lutak Inlet has a steeper and more difficult shoreline. This area as well as Taiyasanka Harbor is a trip to be made with or by more experienced kayakers."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Haines
Distance: 13
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half and Full day
Season: Best in May to August
Local Maps: NOAA #17317
Driving Directions: Directions to Lutak Inlet & Taiyasanka Harbor

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May 2018