Paddle and float down the heart of the Mat-Su Valley on a glacier-fed river!
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 if 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 might 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 the Knik Bridge by Reflection’s Lake. Once guests have checked in we will transfer everyone to Jim Lake. There, we will hop in our kayaks. After paddling across Jim Lake we will carry our kayaks across a small portage 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 area will also provide the best view / photo opportunities of Knik Glacier in the distance. After the dunes, we will float down the Knik River for the rest of our journey. 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 where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will continue floating the Knik River back to our car. Depending on tides and wind, you may need to paddle at the very end of the Knik River but for the most part this is a very relaxing float. As we float, look for animals, admire the grandeur of the Chugach mountains and observe the braids of the river.
$350 per person for non-AK residents
$325 AK residents
Youth prices start at $300. Inquire about youth prices.
Addition add-on services available:
Shuttle pick ups and drop off service to and from your destination start at $100. Shuttle service needs to be arranged with one of the motor tour company’s we have partnered with.
There can be wind blowing off the glacier or coming from the mountain so we recommend that you wear the following: