Southeast Exposure started in the summer of 1986 as a kayak company in downtown Ketchikan. Betsey, Geoff, young Jared and Phil "The Rudderman," guided kayakers on a 2.5 hour tour where cruise guests were transformed into kayakers. The tour included Ketchikan Creek and Pennock Island where kayakers had to dodge floatplanes, boats, cruise ships, and hooks from fishermen above Ketchikan creek. Kayaks and gear were trailered from our house to the pier on a daily basis. As the cruise industry grew, so did the volume of guests we took kayaking. To accommodate the growth we moved to a shop at 515 Water Street in downtown Ketchikan. Its location was key to accessing Hanson Float, where kayaks were lowered by boom and hand crank down to sea level and then ferried over to the public dock. It was in the late 80's when we started kayaking in the Misty Fjords National Monument, running extended day kayak trips for The Sierra Club and REI Adventures.
In 1992 we started a mountain bike tour that bused guests to George Inlet which ran for 15 years. In the late 90's we split our kayak tour into two; The Pennock Island tour and The Tatoosh Islands tour. Both included boat rides in boats that we still use today. The Ski-Pow, our 26 foot landing craft ran guests across the narrows to Pennock. The Wego a 26 foot zodiac, ran guests to the Tatoosh Islands. Knudson Cove where Tatoosh takes off from became our home in 2004 when we bought 4.5 acres along its shores. Moving to 37 Potter Road 15 miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown brought all of our tours under one roof. We now have two kayak tours, a zipline tour, a boatman, and a bike tour. Its been a great adventure and now we want you to be a part of it.