Sea Cycle Ocean Adventure

Fun & Unique Activity

High-Performance Pedal Boat

Picturesque Surroundings

Sea Cycle Southeast Alaska at a Leisurely Pace

The Mill at Ward Cove offers you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to immerse yourself in Ketchikan’s intriguing history, geography, and beauty via our fun Sea-Cycle Ocean Adventure. Our high-performance pontoon-style boat is designed for two people to pedal at a leisurely pace (5-7 mph for 3.5 miles) and leaves your hands totally free to capture beautiful photos of Alaska. So come and join us for our enticing mix of beautiful wildlife, historic sites and coves, and serene seascapes on this unforgettable adventure.


Explore the beautiful landscapes of Ketchikan, Southeast Alaska

Snap incredible photos of the Alaskan seascapes on this hands-free experience

Get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife in the estuary, home to ducks and their ducklings, jellyfish, crabs, salmon, and even the occasional bear

Learn about the unique ways Alaskans still utilize the land and the ocean to subsist

Glide through crystalline ocean waters and past the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest temperate rainforest

See Western red cedar, Sitka spruce and western hemlock line the shore while plants, seaweed and sea stars live below in the tidal zone

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Meeting point

  • The Welcome Center at Ward Cove Dock


April through October, daily availability varies, please click here for more information


  • 3.25 hours for downtown ships
  • 2.5 hours for Ward Cove ships

Group size

Maximum 10 guests


  • Life jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks – coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies 

What to bring

  • Dress in layers
  • Photo ID
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes
  • Debit/credit cards

Participation requirements

  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Max combined weight in Sea Cycle is 550 pounds

About your guide

1 guide for every 10 guests

What You’ll See & Do

The excitement begins as you board a van at the pier (only if your ship is docked downtown) for the short drive to the sea-cycle dock in historic Ward Cove. This is the site of Alaska’s first pulp mill and one of the most productive fish canneries in Southeast Alaska. At the site of the former Ketchikan Pulp Company, learn its intriguing history and the important role it played in Southeast Alaska’s economy, then gear up for your adventure.

After a safety briefing and instructions on how to use the sea cycle, you’ll step onboard and begin to pedal away. With your guide in the lead, you’ll head out onto the crystalline ocean waters. Soak up the serene seascape as you glide near the woods of the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest temperate rainforest. Western red cedar, Sitka spruce, and western hemlock line the shore while plants, seaweed, and sea stars live below in the tidal zone. Learn how Alaskans still subsist and harvest from the ocean and forest for food and medicine.

Keep your camera handy! At roughly 17 million acres, the Tongass is home to abundant wildlife. Watch the skies – you may see an eagle soaring overhead or guarding its active nest, and even some baby eagles. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the soft breeze on your face as you pedal along the cove with a curious seal or two accompanying your journey. Soon, you’ll find your way to a wildlife estuary, home to ducks and their ducklings, jellyfish, crabs, salmon, and the occasional bear.

After just over an hour of fun on the water and exploring the estuary, you’ll make your way back into the dock to enjoy coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and a cookie before you rejoin the van and return to your ship. To thoroughly enjoy your adventure be sure to wear warm, comfortable clothes and bring a camera and binoculars.

sea cycle fleet ready for use on the water

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