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Alaska Guided Canoe Trips in the Kenai National Wildlife refuge 


We are an Eco-Tour company that specializes in recreational, educational and adventurous paddle trips into the pristine wilderness of Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  Beginning paddlers, older paddlers and paddlers with special needs are all welcome!

  • Full Day and Multi-Day Guided and Unguided  Canoe Trips Inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Trips venture into the Swanson River, and Swan Lake Canoe Routes.

  • Near the town of Soldotna, AK, trips embark from the town of Sterling, AK near the Swanson River Rd.

  • Kids of all ages, Families, and Groups welcome.  We offer portage-free canoe trips for Seniors and people with disabilities.  Pontoon stabilizers are available.

  • Senior and Group Discounts are available.  

  • Activities Include Paddling and Portaging Skills, Wilderness Safety, Wildlife Viewing, Birdwatching, Foraging, and Berry Picking, Wilderness Camping and Bushcraft, Geological and Ethnological History, plus World Class Fishing.

  • Beneficial Side Effects include Silence, Natural Aroma Therapy, Serenity, Stress Reduction, Physical Exercise, Electronics Detox, Communication, Teamwork, and Marriage Counseling...

  • Extreme care is taken to practice "leave no trace" contact with nature.  Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories.  


Commonly known as Alaska's Boundary Waters, the Swan Lake and Swanson River canoe routes are located in the northern lowlands of the 2 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  

The Refuge was established to conserve the fish and wildlife and habitats of the Kenai Peninsula in their natural diversity as well as provide opportunities for fish and wildlife oriented recreation.

The canoe routes are located in an area that is a nationally designated wilderness area.  The routes are also National Recreation Trails.  The landscape was revealed by the receding glaciers 26,000 yers ago.  

Painstakingly untouched by man, the Refuge reveals nature in its most raw and pristine condition.  View animals who rarely see human beings.  Fish for Trout which are descendants from the ancient species.


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