This is a dream location for kayakers. If you time it right, you can paddle into this lagoon, which is a protected seal habitat, while paddling in and out of icebergs. This location also offers the opportunity to see bald eagles, sea otters, and bears.

Hikers are used to being confined to hiking trails most of the time. Kayakers ... not so much.

How you get to Pedersen Glacier is the part that requires the most planning. Chances are very good that you'll be in the town of Seward, Alaska, and will arrange for either a water taxi or a guided paddle. If you're going with a guided paddle, your guide will most likely tell you what you're doing. For all those doing their own thing...

Timing is critical. You will not be able to paddle into the lagoon with low water levels at low tide. You can paddle up the channel at high tide and enter the lagoon on your right. You could also haul out on the spit and portage to the lagoon, too. If you want to continue past the lagoon closer to the glacier, follow the glacial stream, but the tide has to be in your favor. This is where you want to remain quiet out of respect for wildlife. Keep your eyes open for bears on the shoreline and seals popping up all around you.

Pack List

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Layers to stay warm/keep cool
  • Sunscreen/hat if clear and bright
  • Gloves if cold and wet
  • Camera
  • Footwear if you're planning on hiking nearby
  • WAG bag
  • Arrangements to enter Kenai Fjords National Park (entrance fee)
Show More
Activities Kayaking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Features
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Hike Alpine Trail, Caines Head State Recreation Area

The Alpine Trail is only accessible via the Caines Head Trail System, located at Lowell Point.

22 Saves

Hike to Callisto Canyon Cabin

Follow the signs south of Seward to Lowell Point. This is the trailhead. The first mile of the trail is about a mile long.

46 Saves

Backpack the Caines Head Coastal Trail

This hike begins near a family friendly visiting area, good bathrooms, and well kept parking lot. You will start out on a gravel path, which seems like it was created for horses, for about 1.

62 Saves