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

 

The Crew:

Just my partner Joe.


Our guide, with the fish he caught and we ate... for three days.


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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