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Day Trips

We offer half day trips at Eklutna Lake on Saturdays and Sundays from June-September!

Join Alaska Wilderness SUP on a guided Stand Up Paddle tour on a pristine glacial lake surrounded by stunning mountains. Conveniently located less than an hour from Anchorage, this half-day trip is ideal for those seeking a unique and unforgettable Alaskan experience!

Tour package includes all paddling equipment, safety gear, wetsuit, gloves and booties. We also provide snacks and warm beverages. Participants arrive for check-in at Eklutna Lake at 7:15am and depart for return to Anchorage at 11:30am. (Trip time is early to avoid paddling in windy conditions). Transportation to and from the lake is not included, but we are happy to provide information about recommended transportation companies – call or email for more information.

Prior stand up paddling experience strongly recommended before enjoying this backcountry tour. We are happy to set up a lesson for you in Anchorage before you schedule a day trip!

Max group size: 6-10, depending on guide availability

Duration: 4 hours, not including transportation from Anchorage (an additional ~50 minutes each way)

Cost: $185 per person

 

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ITINERARY

7:15 am- Clients arrive to check in at parking area at Eklutna Lake trailhead

7:30 am- Gear check: wetsuits, booties, gloves, and accessories

8:00 am- On land overview, safety instructions, technique tips

8:30 am- Paddle time!

11:00 am- return to Launch site for tea or hot cocoa

11:30 am- departure for return trip to Anchorage

WHAT TO BRING

Come prepared for your day trip with:

  • Signed liability form and declaration of health form (or arrive early beforehand to complete)
  • Swimsuit and optional rash guard to wear under wetsuit
  • Towel
  • Drinking water
  • Sunblock/hat/sunglasses
  • Knit hat (spring/fall trips)
  • Snacks
  • Personal medications (ie- asthma inhalor, epipen)
  • Camera (waterproof is ideal; we provide deck bags but do not guarantee dry gear)
  • Warm clothing for before and after you paddle
  • hiking gear for an (unlikely but possible) plan B
  • cash for parking pass (unless you have an Alaska State Parks season pass vehicle permit)
Half day tour additional notes:

There is a $5 State Parks parking day use pass required for every vehicle.

We will do our best to cancel half day trips with plenty of time in advance, but due to the remote lake environment and dynamic wind conditions at Eklutna we may have to determine our paddle safety decision once participants have arrived. You may want to bring your hiking shoes, backpack, bear spray & rain jacket in case conditions necessitate “Plan B.” The area has many beautiful trails as well as mountain bike rentals.

Driving Directions to Eklutna Lake:

Take the Glenn Highway to the Eklutna Exit (mile 26.5) which is north of Anchorage and south of Wasilla. Turn east toward the mountains and follow Eklutna Lake Road to the very end (approximately 10 miles). Pass the booth and the campground turn-outs, and where the road dead-ends take a right into the lake parking lot.

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Cancellation policy for all day trips: Cancellations or re-booking made greater than 24 hours in advance will receive a full refund. Customers will be charged for no-shows and cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled service. We will be there, rain or shine! If weather or wind conditions make paddling session unsafe, we will re-book or refund customers. We will do our best to notify participants at least an hour in advance, via the contact phone number provided, about cancellations due to weather. Due to the unpredictable nature of Alaska’s weather, windy or wet conditions may necessitate the cancellation of a class, lesson or day trip once everyone arrives or even midway through the scheduled session.  Ultimately we will make our decisions with participant safety being the number one priority.

AWS operates under Municipality of Anchorage and Alaska State Parks permits. We are passionate about promoting practice of safe recreation on the water; All clients are required to utilize a leash and PFD (personal flotation device).