Half Day Knik River Tour

Trip Lasts 4 Hours

Typical tour takes approximately 3-4 hours to kayak through the river system.

Moderately Strenuous

This trip is open to beginner kayakers. However you need to be physically able to walk on uneven ground, walk though mud and carry 50 lbs. up to 200 feet.

Snacks Provided

Assorted sodas, juices, water, coffee, hot chocolate, candy, granola bars, and chips.

Ages 5+ Welcomed

Per paying adult, one child aged 5 or younger may participate as a lap rider. Must contact us in advance to schedule

What is a Half Day Knik River Kayak Tour?

The Knik Glacier is the largest glacier in South Central Alaska and is the headwaters of the Knik River. The river flows through the heart of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. This glacier formed valley is teeming with wildlife such as moose, bear, bald eagles, and salmon. We will try to spot as much wildlife as we can. We will also stop at a view point along the route so that you can snap a photo of the mighty Knik Glacier. This trip has a diverse set of landscapes we kayak through-from marsh lands to a glacier formed river.

This tour starts and ends at Old Knik Bridge, once everyone is checked in we will transfer everyone to Jim Lake. After paddling across the lake there is a small, easy portage where we carry our kayaks to the creek. The creek is slow moving and very relaxing AKA the Bayou of Alaska. After following the creek we will come to a river delta and sand dunes….Depending on the water level we may need to carry / tow our paddle crafts. This section of the tour will include hiking through loose glacier silt/sand, for up to a quarter mile depending on water levels. This section of the tour you will have the best view / photo opportunities of Knik Glacier in the distance. After the dunes, we begin the last part of our journey, on the Knik River. The Knik River is glacier fed so no jumping in unless you want a very cold bath. The Knik River has a strong but slow moving current that takes us to the Old Knik River Bridge and back to your car.

What is included

  • Kayak
  • Life jacket
  • Paddle
  • Waterproof  phone case
  • Water and snack
  • Tour guide

What to expect

There is one port a potty near Jim Lake, otherwise there are just bushes so please plan accordingly. This tour takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to complete. Completion times can vary depending on natural factors outside of our control such as water levels, flow rates on the rivers, wind speed / direction of wind, and sand conditions in the dunes. On this trip we have seen a variety of wildlife including, river otters, beavers, eagles, salmon, ducks, owls, porcupines, moose, and coyotes. This trip has a diverse set of landscapes we kayak though from marsh lands to a glacier formed river. This trip takes place in a woodland setting, thus giving the participant a true Alaskan experience.


What is the cost

Adult: $200 per person, minimum of two people or cash equivalent.

Youth 5+: $175 per person, youth must be accompanied by an adult

Child 0-5: free, must call to book. 


What to bring

There can be wind blowing off the glacier or coming from the mountain so we recommend that you wear the following:

  • Non-cotton base layer
  • Quick drying shirt and pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Rain/wind outer layer pants and jacket
  • Hat with draw string or a beanie
  • Shoes that can get wet and dry quickly (flip flops are discouraged)

Additional add-on services

Mercedes Limousine of Alaska is a third-party company we have partnered with to give our guests round-trip rides to and from Anchorage. They will meet you at the downtown Anchorage Visitor’s Center (Log Cabin) and shuttle you out to us and back to Anchorage. Cost is $175 per person and a minimum of 2 people or cash equivalent. You can select this option at checkout for this tour.