Road Opening Announcement and. Lowell Point Water Taxi Schedule for May 22 thru June 8, 2022

The City of Seward and Kenai Peninsula Borough have announced they intend to open Lowell Point Road at Noon on Friday, May 27, 2022, and it will remain open through Monday, May 30.

The road will then have daily closures between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. through Thursday, June 2, 2022. While inconvenient, you will no longer have to deal with a closed road the rest of the time.

Although we do not have information beyond June 2 at this time, we believe that while there may be some daily closures to contend with and plan around, the road will remain open. There will be water taxi options as well however between Saturday, May. 28 and Monday, May 30 there will be no free water taxis but water taxis will be running. Beginning Tuesday, May 31, the only free water taxis will be during road closures.

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The arrangements below have been made and contracted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the State of Alaska through June 8, 2022.

We’ll start by saying that there are other water taxi options in addition to the ones providing the contracted services (look at the bottom of this post for suggestions of other vendors). The two vendors below are contracted to offer scheduled runs. All other options would be charter options and may require a minimum number of travelers. We will try to assist you in coordinating a minimum whenever we can.

Please note that both water taxis require reservations and that these services are free of charge to those who live and work on Lowell Point. Those individuals who are scheduling nonessential travel (visitors) to Lowell Point will need to pay for their transportation through a water taxi service provider unless there is an open seat on an Aurora Charter taxi.  Visitors or tourism transport is not eligible for free service but empty seats will be filled at no cost.

Below are the two vendors, the schedules, prices, and reservation instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning May 22, 2022. Aurora Charters will transport visitors for free if they have open seats on a scheduled taxi. Call Aurora Charters at 907-224-3968 to make a reservation to standby for an open seat. The cost for non-Lowell Point residents is $42.50 per person, round trip if they can’t accommodate you for a free seat.  You’ll pay the full round trip upfront and will receive a voucher for your return trip. If they are unable to answer the phone, Aurora Charters requests that you leave a clear message with your name and phone number and the dates/times you are interested in booking. The office hours of Aurora Charters are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily. Those traveling to Seward from Lowell Point are directed to go to South Beach for water taxi access. Those traveling to Lowell Point are directed to go to the North East Ramp for water taxi access from X-Float. Note: Aurora Charters will not provide service Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: For non-Lowell Point residents with Miller’s Landing is $41.20 per person one way. To schedule a reservation on the Millers Landing water taxi, residents must call Millers Landing at 907-331-4040 to make a reservation for transport. If you are unable to reach someone, please leave a message with your name and phone number and the date and time of your request. The office hours of Millers Landing are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.

At the time of reservation, each person will be notified of the location for pick up. This schedule represents the supporting schedule for Aurora Charters. There may be additional availability, residents who have additional needs need to contact Millers Landing.

Water Taxi Restrictions:
The following restrictions are in place for these services:
 A reservation is required in order to receive water taxi services
 There is often water on the landing deck to the beach, and proper footwear is recommended
 There is a two-bag limit per person. This includes groceries and supplies
 No pallets or other items are permitted that may damage the vessel
 No firearms are allowed on the vessel
 All passengers are required to adhere to crews’ directions, signage, and safety instructions
 Be at the water taxi pick up location no later than 15 minutes prior to the boarding time
 #1 Priority is given to residents who live and work in Lowell Point. Visitor and tourist traffic is not
eligible for free service.
 Those traveling to Lowell Point after June 1 should confirm water taxi availability prior to their travel date
 The shuttle for transport to vehicles in Seward is on a set schedule based on the existing water
taxi schedule, special calls are not permitted.

The KPM OEM Call Center staff are available to answer questions related to water taxi services or vehicle pick up. You may contact them at 907)224-4636(INFO) Monday through Sunday 8:00 AM – 5:00P.

Additional Water Taxi Vendors:

Seward Water Taxi: 907-201-0542; sewardwatertaxi.com

Seward Ocean Excursions: 907 599-0499; sewardoceanexcursions.com
(8 am and 430pm-ish. 17$/person plus tax each way, with a 3 person/fare minimum)

Remember, if you have travel insurance any additional expense required to reach your reserved destination should be a covered expense.

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