Sea KayakingPrince William Sound, Alaska
Prince William Sound covers an area of approximately 15,000 square miles with more than 2,500 miles of convoluted and rugged shoreline. Thirty four major islands and 200 smaller islands are scattered throughout the area. The many icefields covering the vallies of the Chugach Mountains flow more than 150 glaciers with 17 reaching sea level.
The area has the greatest diversity of wildlife habitat along the entire northern Pacific Coast. Two hundred forty species of birds, including the mighty bald eagle, humpback, killer, and minke whales, seals and steller sea lions reside in this marine environment. Thirty different land mammals have been recorded with the most easily spotted being Sitka deer, black bears and mountain goats. Commercial and sports fishermen harvest five species of Pacific salmon as well as halibut, shrimp, crab, herring and bottom fish in the rich waters of the Sound.
About the trip
This trip is essentially flying into Valdez via Anchorage, then paddling the various bays in the Valdez arm of Prince William Sound to explore the coastline, witness the glaciers and enjoy the wildlife. Camping on the various shores and coastlines you paddle gives you the maximum time to soak up the scenery.
My Prince William Sound Pages
- Check out my Plan and Cost page if you are at all interested in what I paid and how I got there. This should give you most of the information you need to plan a similar trip yourself.
- Check out the Gear List for this trip which includes my reviews of how each particular item performed for me. It also includes where I purchased my gear and what I paid for it.
- My Trip Log is also included if you're interested in what happened over the course of the trip. More than likely, the only person who will ever read this is me when I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. But hey, maybe someone will be really bored one day and need something to do.
- Check out the Photo Gallery for pics of the trip and areas we paddled.
- Check out Information on Valdez and Prince William Sound here.
- Our guides suggests these books if you are at all interested. I usually try and read up on the area I'm going to so I'm not a total idiot. Sprinkle in here are a few of my suggestions as well.
- The outfitter we used was Anadyr Adventures, located in the heart of Valdez, Alaska. Check them out if you're interested in taking a trip..we highly recommend them. Tell them Todd and Joe from Jersey say "what's up!". They just might remember us! :-)
Just my partner Joe.
Our guide, with the fish he caught and we ate... for three days.