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Discover the Wonders of Sitka’s Famous Blue Lake by Kayak

Here’s an adventure you don’t want to miss! Kayak Blue Lake Sitka, for an unforgettable kayaking trip. Together with its stunning scenery and vast wildlife, paddling on Blue Lake is a unique and rewarding experience that will replenish you with nature. This tour takes you along Blue Lake, where you’ll discover scenic, towering waterfalls and sheer cliffs, as well as lush forests and abundant Sitka wildlife, including bald eagles, brown bears, and Sitka black-tailed deer.

This tour of Blue Lake Sitka offers a 4 or 6-hour trip alternative. Depending on your availability of time, you can enjoy a shorter tour of Blue Lake and still enjoy all the wonders of this beautiful Alaskan lake. However, on our 6-hour trip you’ll enjoy all the benefits of the 4-hour tour with the addition of some extra paddling time on the water and a round of hotdogs around a cozy campfire.

Why Pick This Tour?

Explore breathtaking scenery from one of Sitka’s most stunning lakes, famous for its deep blue water and the majestic peaks that surround it. The lake is known for its vibrant blue color, which is created by glacial runoff.

You’ll be comfortable in the hands of your experienced and certified tour guide, who will begin your kayak trip with a paddle and safety introduction to ensure your safety and enjoyment throughout the tour!

Choose the length of the trip most suitable to your availability. For this tour, you can either choose a 4-hour or 6-hour adventure. Though you’ll get to take in the area’s natural beauty and explore Sitka’s Blue Lake with either option, with the 6-hour tour, you’ll get some extra paddle time as well as enjoy campfire hotdogs with your small tour group & friendly guide.

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Tour Details

Tour Details


Standard tour: $175 per person
Extended paddle time & campfire lunch: $250 per person

Difficulty level


Departure time

9am or 2pm

*Semi-flexible: start times can be adjusted to accommodate cruise ship arrival times

Meeting point

Harrington Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835


May 15th – August 31, Monday – Friday

*For weekend bookings please call 817-291-9323


4 to 6 hours (depending on price approx. 2 or 4 hours on water and 1 hour transition time + lunch with the extended paddle & lunch trip only)

Group size

Minimum 2, maximum 6


– Pick-up and drop-off at Harrigan Centennial
– Kayak, paddle, spray deck, PFD, signaling whistle
– Water bottles and snacks
– Campfire and reindeer dogs (for the extended 6 hour paddle and & lunch trip only)

Not included

– Rain gear
– Gratuity for guides

What to bring

– Do bring rain gear as it frequently rains here
– Do bring extra layers as it is often cooler on the water

Participation requirements

The minimum age requirement for this tour is 10 years old

About your guide

ACA-certified kayak instructor

What You'll Do On This Tour

The tour will begin with a paddle and safety introduction, to ensure you have a safe and comfortable trip as you kayak the Blue Lake. From the launch point you’ll paddle through the deep blue waters of the lake, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Tongass National Forest. Along the way, you can take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the tranquility of this remote wilderness area.

In addition to paddling on the lake, you’ll also have the opportunity to hike through the surrounding forest to explore the area’s natural beauty. The Blue Lake area is home to a wide range of wildlife, including bald eagles, brown bears, and Sitka black-tailed deer, providing ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

As you paddle through the Blue Lake, you’ll have the chance to learn about the history and ecology of the region from your experienced guide, who is passionate about the area’s natural beauty.

On the 4-hour tour, participants will paddle by a waterfall and discover an area of submerged rainforests as well as 4000 ft tall cliffs.

On the 6-hour tour participants will cover the same sights as mentioned on the 4 hour tour, but will also cover a longer stretch of the lake and see more waterfalls, submerged rainforests, and cliffs. Approximately halfway through the tour, we will make a cozy campfire and share a round of hotdogs before our return paddle to the original launch point, where the tour finishes.

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Please Keep In Mind

This tour is intermediate level but individuals with no previous kayaking experience may participate as long as they fit the Eligibility Criteria.

For groups larger than 6 people, please contact us at least one month in advance to make arrangements. We can accommodate up to 12 participants, but require a co-guide to be on the trip with us.

We embrace cold and rainy weather on all our tours, so please be sure to bring appropriate clothing, including extra layers and footwear to have a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

This tour is particularly wind dependent. If the wind is more than 10 knots from the East or West, the mountains around Blue Lake create a wind tunnel that can be dangerous. Additional precautions may be taken before going out on this tour to ensure the safety of the group.

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