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Seward, Alaska Weather Information

Did you know Sunny Cove does not cancel tours solely due to rain? Do you know why? Some of the most beautiful days of kayaking are rainy days!  Seward is located in the largest temperate rain forest in the world and we average nearly 70 inches of precipitation annually. We know sea kayaking is an experience that is great fun rain or shine. We encourage you to prepare yourself for Seward's 'liquid sunshine' by following a few guidelines.

  • Always bring layers, even if the sun is shining. We recommend a light, quick-drying (poly-pro or wool), under layer, a quick-drying, insulating mid-layer and a water-proof over-layer for both jacket and pants.

  • Avoid cotton and definitely skip the jeans. Once cotton or denim is wet you're cold and you'll stay cold. While we try to keep you dry, kayaking is a full-participation sport which brings you close to the water.

  • Bring an extra pair of socks (no cotton here either). We'll provide you with waterproof boots while kayaking, but sometimes your feet may still get wet. It's nice to have a dry pair of socks to change into after your tour.

Following the guidelines above will not only help you prepare for kayaking but will help keep you high and dry for all your adventures anywhere in Alaska.


Curious about Seward's weather? Check out these links:

NOAA Forecast: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts are often the most accurate here in Seward.

Marine Forecast: We like to keep an eye on not only the Resurrection Bay forecast, but also to the outer coast, Cape Cleare to Gore Point.

Seward Tides: Did you know we have 4 tidal changes a day? About every six hours we see fluctuations of up to 15 feet!

Water Temperatures: No, the water isn't always freezing cold.  We can see water temperatures upwards of 55° F late in the summer! 

Seward Harbor Webcam: Curious what's happening right now in Seward?  Check out the webcam!

Aurora Forecast: When we're seeing clear, dark skies it's always a good idea to watch for Northern Lights. Our best viewing in September through April.