McCormick Charters Kayak Rentals
For those with some experience on Sea Kayaks you may
consider paddling the Chilkoot Inlet on your own. We rented a two person kayak from McCormick Charters, Inc.
The owner, Craig, would allow us only to go down the coast to Battery
Point (about two miles). The paddle
is very easy and the views of the mountains spectacular from the water.
There is something to be said for sitting in a kayak and just enjoying
McCormick Charters keeps its kayaks right along the water
next to the Fast Ferry dock on Beach road.
From town, head toward the harbor on Haines Highway or Main Street.
Turn right on Front Street, which becomes Beach road where Front and
Haines Highway intersect. Continue around about a quarter mile or less and look for a
rack with different colored sea kayaks and a sandwich board with McCormick
Charters written across it. We
tried calling the number on the board from a pay phone at the Fast Ferry dock
but could not get a hold of anybody. So
we walked back down to the Alaska
Adventure Center on Second Avenue (right down the street from the
Visitor’s Center) and asked Scott to arrange the rental.
It does not cost any extra for Scott’s help. If you want to book
yourself, you are welcome to contact McCormick
The two person kayaks have two waterproof compartments to
bring extra clothing and a picnic. Additional
gear can be stowed on the webbing on top of the kayak.
McCormick Charters provided us with spray skirts and rubber boots. McCormick Charters has some paddle floatation devices to help kayakers
back on board should they fall out. With
these Craig McCormick felt that we would not need life jackets.
However, after we had begun paddling Claimjumper and I agreed that life
jackets would be helpful to use with the other paddle device.
Should we rent from McCormick Charters again, we will request both
floatation devices. McCormick
Charters charges $50 for six hours on a two person kayak. McCormick requires signature on a liability release.
The waters are just wonderful in the inlet.
There was a bit of a chilly breeze, but the kayaks are incredibly stable
so there was never any danger of overturning.
Kayaks are so agile that they make the perfect boat for exploring both
deep and shallow waters.
Even though we had hiked the day before to the same spot,
it was a different experience to arrive at Battery Point by kayak.
When we hiked, our legs did not feel like going on to explore and so we
ended up just resting by (or in) the water.
When we got out of the boat our legs were eager to stretch.
We walked all over the point exploring the tide pools among the rocks. The pools were filled with mussels, barnacles, minnows and
seaweed. Claimjumper even found a
dried up six armed starfish.
Last Visited: July 2000