Boating in Seward
The Fish House. Operating out of Seward since 1974, this booking agency represents dozens of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Peninsula fishing charters, specializing in silver salmon and halibut fishing, and can hook you up for half-day or full-day charters (full-day only for halibut fishing). Small-boat harbor, Seward, AK, 99664. 907/224–3674 or 800/257–7760. www.thefishhouse.net.
Kenai Fjords Tours. Kenai Fjords Tours, part of the Native-owned Alaska Heritage Tours, is the oldest and largest company running tours through the park. Visitors can take a 4-hour gray whale watch tour from the end of March through mid-May. From March through mid-September tour options include 3½- to 9-hour Resurrection Bay wildlife tours, priced from $64 to $214. Cruise options include exclusive visits to Fox Island, interpretive programs by National Park Service rangers, cruise and kayak combinations, glacier viewing, and opportunities to see whales, puffins, otters, and Steller sea lions. The fleet includes catamarans, which are less susceptible to the rolling motion that can cause seasickness. Lunch or dinner on Fox Island is included in tours. To feast on king crab for dinner, be sure to order in advance (additional $12 per person). Transportation and overnight options are also available. Seward, AK. 907/276–6249 or 877/777–4051. www.kenaifjords.com.
Major Marine Tours. Major Marine Tours conducts half-day and full-day cruises of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Park cruises are narrated by a National Park Service ranger, and meals of salmon, prime rib, or vegetarian chile are an option. A custom-built catamaran runs daily from March through September. Summer cruises include a three-hour whale-watching tour and a six-hour Kenai Fjords trip, featuring narration by a national park ranger. Major Marine Tours can arrange transportation between Anchorage and Seward. Seward, AK. 907/274–7300 or 800/764–7300. www.majormarine.com.
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