While on our Alaska Tour, we found ourselves chasing glacial water. After learning how to safely navigate around icebergs and caving glaciers through a Guided Tour, we decided to paddle one on our own. Many glaciers can be a little hard to get to, without hiring water taxis or hiking… with the exception of Portage.
Off from the Seward Highway, it’s 48 miles South of Anchorage. The lake has a launch point for Kayaks and Paddle Boards via a parking lot, West of the Visitor Center (after tunnel). It is free to park and access.
The paddle itself is around a 3 mile paddle, alongside breathtaking water falls on the east side of the lake. Once you’re one mile in you can see the glacier, and it only grows bigger and bigger from there. The park rangers, ask that paddle crafts stay in the zone on the east side of the lake, for safety of the calving glaciers and also from the tour boat that drives through every twenty minutes or so. We highlighted our exact trail on the map above.
Found these little waterfalls along the entire stretch of the paddle!
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Court & John
**Footnote: Stand Up Paddle boarding in remote locations can be dangerous if not done properly, here we take proper precautions to insure fun and safe trips. Please do not recreate these trips without properly educating yourself on the area, laws, and needs of the sport. **
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