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Shuyak Island State Park Trails

Shuyak Island Trail
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  Seasons: All Year
  Difficulty; Moderate. Trail for experienced outdoorsmen because of remoteness
  Activity: Hiking, Kayaking
  Length: Upland Trail 15 miles, Kayak trail is Appoximately 35 miles


     Nearest Town: Kodiak

 USGS Quads:
Afognak C-2, C-3 63K

  Managed by:
Alaska State Parks
Kodiak District
1400 Abercrombie Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615

    shuyak map

  Web Links:
Shuyak Island SP

How to Get There:
Visitors to Shuyak Island State Park generally arrive and depart via chartered floatplane from Kodiak or Homer. Shuyak Island is a 40-minute flight from Kodiak and about a 50-minute flight from Homer. Visitors can also access the island via water and there are a number of charter boats who could provide this service from Kodiak.

Trail Description:
Unique and wild, even by Alaskan standards, Shuyak Island State Park is best explored through a combination of travel via both land and sea. Hikers and kayakers will find ample opportunities to view a wide variety of wildlife, including whales, sea otters, deer, brown bear and harbor seals. The shorelines, capes, outer islands and inner bays also a wide variety of birdlife. To the west visitors will see the spectacular Katmai coast, just 30 miles across the Shelikof Strait, while towards the interior of the Island, a peaceful, old-growth Sitka Spruce forest filters the sounds of the exposed outer coastline. Shuyak Island, at only about 100 square miles, offers an incredible variety of moods, experiences and recreational opportunities. For those who don't want to take a chance on the area's unpredictable weather, the four public use cabins managed by Alaska State Parks offer a civilized, yet rustic alternative to camping out.

Shuyak Island SP      Kayaking



Last updated on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.
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