Local lakes and lagoons, such as Westchester Lagoon, Goose Lake, and Jewel Lake, have favorable conditions for canoeing and kayaking. More adventurous paddlers should head to Whittier or Seward for sea kayaking.
Kayak Adventures Worldwide. Take a guided trip in sea kayaks from Kayak Adventures Worldwide, which offers half-day trips to Resurrection Bay and a variety of full-day trips to Resurrection Bay and Aialik Bay. Kayaking classes teach basic sea-kayaking skills. The Seward-based outfitter also runs multiday trips in Kenai Fjords and offers customized booking dates plus a B&B. 328 Third Ave., Seward, AK, 99664. 907/224–3960. www.kayakak.com.
Alaska Rafts & Kayak. Rent or buy from a flotilla's worth of small boats, including kayaks, canoes, inflatable rafts, and one-man fishing pontoons. The store also rents float tubes. 401 W. Tudor Rd., Midtown, Anchorage, AK, 99503. 907/561–7238 or 800/606–5950. www.alaskaraftandkayak.com.
REI. REI sells and rents all sorts of outdoor gear, including canoes and sea kayaks. 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Spenard, Anchorage, AK, 99503. 907/272–4565. www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html.