Eklutna Trips and Rentals

A great spot for the day or an overnight; Ekultna Lake Recreation Area has you covered.


Eklutna Lake Recreation Area is located 45 minutes from downtown Anchorage and is a phenomenal place to learn kayaking, rent a bike, or explore by independently hiking.

Lifetime adventures can help you experience this area whether you are exploring on your own or with a large group.

Eklutna Lake Recreation Area has 26 miles of well-marked and user-friendly trails where the biking and hiking opportunities are endless! Ekultna Lake, with its turquoise waters, is a great place to experience kayaking in the Alaskan wilderness. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced kayaker, Ekultna Lake offers spectacular views and supreme serenity by kayak.

The winds at Eklutna Lake are calmest during the morning hours with west wind thermals increasing during the day. These winds will make the lake choppy however they usually are not strong enough to prevent kayaking. During East wind storms we will not be renting kayaks.

Lifetime Adventures operates the Visitor’s Center where maps and staff are available to assist with your trip planning, whether it’s for the day or a more challenging adventure traversing the glacier to Crow Pass.

Paddle & Pedal

Our most popular option is the Paddle & Pedal. Kayak out 8 miles one-way to the end of the lake where you will have a bike waiting for the return trip! This trip takes 5 to 6 hours to complete; you must arrive at the Lifetime Adventures Visitor’s Center by 1045am to return before closing. This trip is available on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only.

$105 per person unguided two person minimum

Guided Overnight Bike/Kayak

Kayak one way, bike the other. Hike at the end of the lake back to the glacier. You will camp at the far end of the lake in the Lifetime Adventures wall tent camp. Includes an Alaska Style dinner and pick up/drop off from Anchorage or the Mat–Su Valley.

Cost: $315 per person based on two people
To ensure your trip, reservations are recommended.
Must have reservations 24 hours in advance.

Full Day Guided Kayaking

Spend the day with a Lifetime Adventures guide who will assist you in learning to paddle. Lunch included. Pick up/drop off available from in Anchorage or the Mat-Su Valley.

Cost: $155 per person, based on two people
To ensure your trip, reservations are recommended.
Must have reservations 24 hours in advance.

Guided Bike Trip

Enjoy Eklutna Lake’s turquoise water and surrounding mountains as you bike 8 miles to the far end of the lake for a picnic lunch. Picnic lunch included.
Departs: 10 am
Returns: 3 pm
Miles: From 16 to 22 miles depending on group
Difficulty: Moderate
Cost: $145 per person
To ensure your trip, reservations are recommended.
Must have reservations 24 hours in advance.

Eklutna Visitor Center Hours of Operation:

Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day
Sunday through Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm

We will be open on weekends pre-Memorial day and post labor day depending on the weather. On weekdays during this time, we can open by appointment only

Located on the Lakeside Trail in Chugach State Park.

Bike Rentals

All bikes come equipped with helmets
Overnight and after hour rentals are available for bikes

Mountain Bike

All day: $50
1/2 day: $35
2 hours: $20

Kayak Rentals


  • Kayak rental price is per kayak.
  • All rentals include safety equipment.
  • All kayakers renting a kayak from Lifetime Adventures must be paddling with at least one other person.

Overnight kayak rentals are available if you are renting the Kokanee Cabin. Rates vary depending on pick up and drop off. Cabin information is HERE

2-hour double kayak rental: $55
2-hour single kayak rental: $50

Half Day
1/2 day double kayak rental (4hr): $65
1/2 day single kayak rental (4hr): $60

Full Day
Full day double kayak rental: $80
Full day single kayak rental: $75

Kayak Lessons
Kayak lesson Includes 2-hour rental: $65 per person. Two person minimum requirement.