Coastal Currents

A Southeast Alaska Kayaking Blog

Welcome To Our Blog

This blog is for adventurers, nature lovers, and kayaking enthusiasts, from novices embarking on their first paddle to seasoned veterans seeking the thrill of Alaska’s challenging waters. We delve into the essence of what makes kayaking in Alaska an unparalleled adventure. We provide insider tips on the best times to visit, essential gear for your adventure, and how to navigate the beauty and unpredictability of Alaskan waters. Our ultimate aim is not just to guide you through the mechanics of kayaking in Alaska but to ignite a profound appreciation for its untamed, unspoiled nature, a place where adventure and serenity coexist.  

A Paddler’s Guide Embracing the Elements in Southeast Alaska
20May

A Paddler’s Guide Embracing the Elements in Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska is comprised of water, like most of the planet: The Gulf of Alaska and the Tongass National Rainforest. For a paddler, someone who thrives on water, this is a good thing.

Dining Tips & Suggestions for Kayak Expeditions
06May

Dining Tips & Suggestions for Kayak Expeditions

There are many ways you can go with food on a kayak expedition. Some people prefer to try their best for gourmet. For others, carrot sticks and peanut butter are the answer. Personally, I have done everything from bacon and eggs and frozen meats to a bag of rice and a fishing pole. 

Guidelines for Safe Bear Encounters
22Apr

Guidelines for Safe Bear Encounters

Southeast Alaska is famous for a lot of things: Whales, salmon, big trees, glaciers, berries, and other things… BEARS! There’s no getting around it. On Baranof Island, where Sitka is located, it is estimated that there is more or less one brown bear per square mile, which is roughly 1,500 bears.

Essential Kayak Safety Tips for Responsible Paddlers
08Apr

Essential Kayak Safety Tips for Responsible Paddlers

Embarking on a paddling adventure is an exhilarating experience that offers a unique blend of tranquility and excitement, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty while engaging in a thrilling outdoor activity.

About The Author

Meet Michael Graney, a seasoned kayaker and author behind the Coastal Currents blog. His passion for paddle sports began on the Atlantic, where he honed his skills in open boats and canoes. Over the years, Michael has explored diverse waterways globally, earning certifications and expertise in kayaking, mountaineering, and even yoga. As the founder of Sitka Wild Coast Kayaks, he brings decades of experience,, offering insights on kayaking techniques, trip planning, and wilderness safety. His articles blend practical advice with captivating storytelling, making them valuable resources for paddlers of all levels.

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