— Tebay Lake Fly-In Kayaking – Itinerary —
Paddle a Remote Alpine Lake in Wrangell-St. Elias!
Your fun-filled day of adventure begins in McCarthy, at the St. Elias Alpine Guides Powerhouse, to get outfitted with rubber boots, splashwear, a PFD, and any other equipment you’ll be needing for the day. Then it’s off to the airstrip, where you’ll meet your pilot, and hop into the tiny bush plane. As you prepare for takeoff, don’t forget to keep your camera handy – the mountain and glacier views from the plane are impressive!
You’ll fly over the deep blue, turquoise-edged Tebay Lake, which fills this enormous alpine valley. Landing at the far end of the lake and exiting the plane, you’ll stare off at the majestic Chugach Mountains. From there, it’s just a short stroll to the edge of the lake through perfect tundra meadows speckled with wildflowers. Once at the lake, you and your guide and pump up the inflatable kayaks, jump in, and begin paddling the pristine waters of Upper Tebay Lake.
Paddling to shore, you can rest your arms and enjoy a peaceful lunch of the shores of the lake. In the afternoon, you can push back off on the water, and decide to explore the far end of the lake. Alternatively, you can stroll across the meadows toward the glacial-milky waters of Falls Creek. A casual hike leads you to lovely rapids, or (for the adventurer) an intense 2.5 mile bushwhack yields spectacular views of roaring Gillam Falls.
Although it’ll feel too soon, you must eventually head back to the airstrip to wait for your bush plane pick-up. After an enjoyable flight back to McCarthy, you can treat yourself to a hot shower, before heading to dinner and sharing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences with your fellow travelers at dinner.
“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”
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