Activities

Cruising  and searching for beach treasures on the South beach of Thumb Cove.

Thumb Cove State Marine Park

Kayaking, HIking, beach-combing, swimming,and glacial exploration

 Sea kayaking out of Thumb Cove and into Resurrection Bay.

Sea kayaking out of Thumb Cove and into Resurrection Bay.

Thumb Cove is a beautiful Anchorage located about 9 miles south of Seward on the East side of Resurrection Bay. Thumb Cove is the main focal point of Thumb Cove State Marine Park, a 720 acre park which includes long beaches of medium to fine size cobbles, and forests of spruce, hemlock and alder trees. We love the area and it's natural serenity. 

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Hiking

One of our favorite activities in Thumb Cove is to hike up towards Porcupine Glacier, a scenic hanging glacier overlooking the Cove. The hike is a rough boulder scramble through a drainage, which varies constantly with weather and glacial runoff conditions. While relatively short, this hike can be strenuous due to poor footing and the lack of trail. While it's not always possible to reach Porcupine Glacier, it is always possible to hike far enough through the drainage to see Thumb Cove from a high point and enjoy our surroundings. 

Kayaking

There are 2 kayaks aboard the Gambler: one single and one double. There is a resident sea lion that sometimes comes around to say hello, beautiful intertidal zones, and the opportunity to leave Thumb Cove, (weather willing) to access Resurrection Bay and the coastline South or North. Ian, our guide and crew, is an experienced kayak guide who will help you learn how to kayak in the bay, or guide you towards exploring what Thumb Cove has to offer. Never kayaked before? Don't worry, you're in good hands! 

 Hiking towards Porcupine Glacier above Thumb Cove. 

Hiking towards Porcupine Glacier above Thumb Cove. 

 Swimming, with a wetsuit, in Thumb Cove. The water hovers around 40 Fahrenheit, and is only for those brave at heart. 

Swimming, with a wetsuit, in Thumb Cove. The water hovers around 40 Fahrenheit, and is only for those brave at heart.