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Kayak Shuyak Island Sea Kayaking

Listed under Kayaking in Alaska, United States.

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This is a part of Alaska remote even by Alaskan standards, paradise for people who are looking for pristine and awe inspiring landscapes and solitude. You need to charter a boat to get out to the island which, though only 12 miles by 11 miles in size, is riddled with waterways amongst primordial spruce forests and bare sandy bays creating a crenulated, rugged coastline.

Seakayakers will want to circumnavigate the island which is a trip offering varied conditions: shore side it's protected and calm where as on the ocean side the wind comes in postmarked Russia providing what can be challenging seas and cold weather.

If you're going to Alaska you need to leave yourself a week including getting transported to a from your start and finish point. There are limited rental cabins available or you can camp, but either way you need to bring all supplies and take everything with you. The State Park cabins are actually really nice.....good protection from Shuyak's rather large Grizzlies. This is a trip for advanced standard paddlers and up.

Written by  Michael Gray.

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