Roadtrippin': Kayaking the Kachemak Bay Water Trail

Published: May. 4, 2017 at 4:42 PM AKDT
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As you drive in to the city of Homer, the view of Kachemak Bay is all you can focus on. It’s surrounded by snow-capped mountains and active volcanoes. The glaciers, Grewingk, Portlock, Wosnesenski and Doroshin, separate the largest mountains. Sadie Peak at more than 4,000 feet, towers above the rest. The turquoise water shimmers.

You find yourself staring, yet constantly finding something new to look at—an eagle or maybe a harbor seal.

If you’re lucky you can kayak the Kachemak Bay Water Trail, which is 125 miles, following the coastline here in Homer to Seldovia Harbor Trailhead. It’s a boat route with scenic beauty and educational trail heads.

There are stops along the way for shorter trips, a quick picnic or a public use cabin for people with more time.

Dave Brann who helped create the route says it’s an adventure for both new kayakers and people with years of experience.

He suggests taking it slow and being prepared and enjoying the journey.

“I like the birds, my wife and I do a lot of birding, and stuff like that and quit often there’s otters out here,” Brann said. “They’re not too, too skittish. We try not to change their behavior, try not to get too close or anything like that, but I just like being on the water and paddling. That’s just my favorite thing to do. Whatever we happen to see along the way is just extra.”