SWAN LAKE CANOE (48KM 3 Days)
Swan lake canoe route is part of the Kenai National Wildlife refuge. Containing over 60 lakes the area offers many possibilities. We chose a simple lake and river trip.
we used a local outfitter www.alaskacanoetrips.com to hire canoe and fishing kit, permit sold separately. They also provide transport to and from entry / exit point as well as camping. Shirley who runs the place was extremely helpful and friendly. Plan food for 4 leisurely days or 3 harder ones.
The route is easy to follow with each portage being well marked. The first day is a bit finniky with around 5 portages, however some of these are very short. Generally the portage trails were well trodden and with only slight inclines, boggy ground means you will get wet. Camping was good and tended to be found at the start or end of portages. We chose to exit down the Moose river which had little in the way of white water although plenty of twists and turns to keep you busy. Through the trip there was significant wildlife, and the moose we encountered on a turn in the river was every bit as surprised to see us as we it. All said this was a beautiful trip and well worth the effort.