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Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe & Nature Trail

3 reviews

Excursion Overview

Seek out adventure as the original explorers did in Southeast Alaska

Begin your adventure as you travel to a secluded lake by motorcoach. Upon arrival, you will board 37-foot Alaskan Native-style twenty-passenger canoes, which are fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. Paddle under the direction of an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife and learn the unique natural and native history of the Ketchikan area. Experience what it was like for the original explorers.

The lake, a part of the lush rainforest, is surrounded by the National Tongass Forest, one of the largest forests in the United States. It will be all hands on deck for a two-hour paddle around the lake.

Stop ashore for a native-style snack including smoked fish, clam chowder, rolls with wild berry jams, and beverages. A knowledgeable guide will lead a short nature walk, highlighting the flora and fauna of the rainforest, including such features as carnivorous plants.

Paddle back to the canoe dock where you will board your motorcoach and return to the cruise ship pier.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Lifejacket, oars, and ponchos
  • Alaskan-style snacks consisting of clam chowder, rolls, jam, smoked salmon, crackers, mints, juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and water


  • Minimum Weight: 40lbs
  • While no prior experience is required, moderate physical activity is required.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
  • Dress warmly in waterproof layers in inclement weather

Duration: 3.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 25 minutes - motor coach transportation to Lake Harriet Hunt
  • 2 hours - Canoeing on a secluded mountain lake
  • 30-40 minutes - short nature walk and snack/beverage break
  • 25 minutes - motor coach transportation back to Ward Cove and downtown Ketchikan

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge. If your ship docks at Ward Cove, you will be picked up there and you do not need to take the shuttle. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Guests must be 5 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 lbs.

The Alaskan Native-style canoe can hold up to 20 passengers along with an experienced guide.

Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable container and snacks are allowed on tour.

Yes. Alaskan-style snacks and beverages are included. Clam chowder, rolls, jam, smoked salmon, crackers, mints, juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and water are provided.

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps. While no experience is required, moderate physical is required.

Layered clothing and water-resistant jackets are recommended.


Guest Reviews


3 total


Christine S

On Jul 2024

Beautiful scenery and educational experience. Worth it. Chowder, coffee, hot chocolate and salmon spread w/jam was a nice treat.

Elizabeth D

On Jun 2024

A neat trip to a lake that is difficult to get to. If you are an experienced paddler this isn't the trip for you. It is a lot of beginners in one canoe. Beautiful scenery though and enjoyable stroll through the forest.

Cindy P

On May 2024

We had no problem finding the group and the canoe trip was absolutely beautiful. The guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable.


Best Price Guarantee!


Duration: 3.5 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 3.5 hours

Adult (Age 13+): $139.00

Must be 40lbs or more

Child (Age 5-12): $109.00

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