Alaska Nature April 18, 2018
Take This Kayak Trip To A Magical Hot Spring In Alaska For An Unforgettable Journey
Tenakee Springs is an adorable little town with no roads, no stop lights and plenty of classic Alaskan charm. The Tenakee Inlet that the town lies on is a perfect place to kayak, sheltered and smooth. Head to Tenakee Springs from Juneau for a day trip that will show you what the simple life is really like in Alaska. Arrive by ferry or float plane, kayak on the calm inlet all day, and have a long soak in the natural mineral water for a perfect adventure. You will love the peace and quiet at this remote and magical hot springs.
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Tenakee Springs is one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska, a town of about 100 residents between Juneau and Sitka in southeast. The Tenakee Inlet boasts 26 miles of protected inlet with glassy water, perfect conditions for sea kayaking.
This place is only accessible by sea and air. Small planes are available day and night to get you in and out and the Alaska Ferry System runs Thursdays and Saturdays to and from Juneau.
Tenakee Springs is a settlement dating back to the Gold Rush, although Tlingit people have used the Inlet since time immemorial. The town and the natural hot springs have been drawing people to stay since 1899.
Rent a kayak locally for a great day out on the ocean. The local outfitter has guided tours and equipment rentals for all your kayak needs.
You can see the local wildlife including American bald eagles, humpback whales. orcas, porpoises, and schools of fish everywhere.
Steller sea lions congregating on a rock outcropping to feed or lie in the sun. There's no end to the fascinating things you can see out on a sea kayaking trip on the inlet.
When you have finished your kayak adventure, come back to shore to visit the relaxing hot springs and the settle into life in this tiny community.
The town bath house is a simple concrete room with a single large tub for soaking, 5 feet deep. There are posted hours for men and women to access the bath house separately. Bathing rules are strictly followed to keep the tubs nice for everyone.
Finish the day off with a fresh Alaskan seafood dinner, or "dinner" as they call it in Tenakee Springs. King Crab, salmon, scallops, and a wide vareity of fish fill the waters are a staple of the local diet.
Watch the sunset over the ocean and all you'll hear are the sounds of the sea and the animals that live nearby. You definitely won't want to leave this remote and ideal spot found only in Alaska.
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