Canoe Trail system offers spectacular wilderness experience

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2001

Thousands of visitors come to the Kenai Peninsula every summer, but few still enjoy the incredible experience of the Swanson River Canoe Trail system. While fishers line up elbow to elbow on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, and tour boats are booked to capacity in Homer and Seward, visitors to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Canoe Trial systems may never see another human being. But what they do encounter is the wildlife and wilderness that makes Alaska the envy of every tour destination in the world.

Now this experience is only a phone call or e-mail away, as Mike and Ellen Adlam, of The Blue Moose Lakeside Lodge, have started guided tours of the canoe systems. "What we have out there in the canoe trails is a designated wilderness canoe system, one of only two in the United States. That means no motorized vehicles or float planes, so you can feel the quiet. So many people just don't know that this exists out here and when they are out with me on a guided trip, they ask where is everybody?" says Mike Adlam who outfits his clients with all the necessary equipment along with his years of experience on the trails system. "What I enjoy about the canoe system is getting families out there together and while Dad gets to take on a wild trout, and a three year old catches their first fish ever, everyone feels the beauty and peace of the nature around them," added Adlam.


Mike and Ellen Adlam, of The Blue Moose Lakeside Lodge.

For more information on the KNWR Canoe Trial system stop by the visitor's center on Ski Hill Rd. in Soldotna, or call 262-7021. To book a guided tour, or get a copy of the video tape they have produced on the system, contact Mike or Ellen Adlam at the Blue Moose Lakeside Lodge at 262-0669, or on the internet at

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