Nature June 02, 2018
Take A Kayak On This Turquoise Lake In Alaska For An Amazing Adventure
When you need to get away from Alaska’s largest city, Eklutna Lake is a great choice. In Chugiak, under an hour away, you can find this impossibly beautiful turquoise lake encircled by snow-capped mountains and clear Alaskan skies. Take a full day guided kayak tour on Lake Eklutna for an Alaskan adventure you’ll never forget. The glassy lake is a perfect place to learn for beginners and a safe place to wander if you are an experienced kayaker. Lifetime Adventures also offers bike tours and Pedal & Paddle combo. Check out the wealth of options for outdoor fun on Eklutna Lake and find the perfect fit for you. The friendly folks will provide you with everything you need for a fun-filled day kayaking on a turquoise lake in Alaska.
36784 Eklutna Lake Road
Chugiak, AK 99567
Eklutna Visitor Center Hours of Operation:
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day
Sunday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Lifetime Adventures has a full range of activities for everyone to explore the gorgeous Eklutna Lake, just a short 45 minute drive from downtown Anchorage. They can accommodate anyone from the solo traveler to a large group.
The adventure tours are based in the Eklutna Visitor’s Center, run by Lifetime Adventure staff. This is your first stop for information on any of the available activities and trail maps of the area.
Kayaking on Eklutna Lake provides a profoundly serene experience. Rent a kayak for a short cruise or a longer trip, take a lesson, plan an overnight excursion, or bring your own kayak, whatever you desire.
If you want to explore on your own for part of the day, you can access the myriad beautiful trails the encircle the lake.
Eklutna Lake Recreation Area has over 26 miles of well-marked and user-friendly trails, and the biking and hiking opportunities are practically endless. You can spend the whole day and still have plenty left to explore on your next adventure.
Conditions on the lake are fairly predictable being calmest during the morning hours. West wind thermals increase during the day and make the lake a bit choppier, but usually not enough to prevent kayaking.
When strong winds come in from the east, kayaks are not rented.
The Pedal & Paddle combination tour has you kayak across the full 8 miles of the lake where a bicycle will be waiting for you. The smooth, fun ride back is a fabulous way to spend the afternoon.
You must arrive at the adventure center before 10:45 a.m. to participate in the Pedal and Paddle program.
You can also make a longer trip of it and stay the night at the lake in a wall tent. An Alaskan dinner is provided and drop-off/pick-up service from Anchorage or the Mat–Su Valley.
Once you try kayaking on this peaceful lake, you will be hooked. Enjoy the morning hours quietly paddling the water's edge.
Eklutna Lake is rich with opportunities for outdoor activities and accessible fun. Bring your group here for an unforgettable adventure kayaking on a turquoise lake in Alaska.
For more about the lake, check out
There’s A Little Slice Of Paradise Hiding Right Here In Alaska… And You’ll Definitely Want To Visit. For more about the campground, see This Hidden Picturesque Lake In Alaska Is Like Something Out Of A Dream.
Have you kayaked on Eklutna Lake? Tell us about it in the comments below.