Oliver Inlet and Seymour Canal

Juneau, Alaska

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The Oliver Inlet/Seymour Canal trip is is one of Southeast Alaska’s most popular extended tours, and although you are likely to see other kayakers along the way now and then, it is still a remote get-away-from-it-all sort of adventure. Expect to see plenty of wildlife: Humpbacks and orcas ply the waters of Seymour Canal and seals are abundant. Loons, crows, ravens, common mergansers, and many, many murrelets and scoters will be around you much of the time. This area is part of Admiralty Island, which is renown for the dense populations of brown bears and eagles. Between Oliver Inlet and Seymour Canal, there is a roller coaster tramway on which to transport your kayak(s). In late June and into July, there will be lots of salmonberries and blueberries to enjoy. Paddling in Seymour Canal is very scenic, with snow-capped mountains in the background. There are lots of bays and islands to explore and camping spots are easy to find—some choice spots are on picturesque islands.

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"The Oliver Inlet/Seymour Canal trip is is one of Southeast Alaska’s most popular extended tours, and although you are likely to see other kayakers along the way now and then, it is still a remote get-away-from-it-all sort of adventure. Expect to see plenty of wildlife: Humpbacks and orcas ply the waters of Seymour Canal and seals are abundant. Loons, crows, ravens, common mergansers, and many, many murrelets and scoters will be around you much of the time. This area is part of Admiralty Island, which is renown for the dense populations of brown bears and eagles.

Between Oliver Inlet and Seymour Canal, there is a roller coaster tramway on which to transport your kayak(s). In late June and into July, there will be lots of salmonberries and blueberries to enjoy. Paddling in Seymour Canal is very scenic, with snow-capped mountains in the background. There are lots of bays and islands to explore and camping spots are easy to find—some choice spots are on picturesque islands."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Juneau
Distance: 18
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5 to 6 days
Season: Best in May to August
Local Maps: NOAA #17300 or #17360
Driving Directions: Directions to Oliver Inlet & Seymour Canal

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May 2018