Alaska offers a boating experience unlike any other state. Bordering Canada’s province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, Alaska is the largest U.S. State by land area. With 6,649 miles of coastline, and when including islands, offers over 33,900 miles of total shoreline, Alaska provides vast amounts of saltwater environments for boaters to explore. Freshwater cruising isn’t scarce either— 365,000 miles of rivers stretch across the state and there are, quite literally, millions of lakes to explore by boat. Known for its salmon and crab fishing industries, Alaskans heavily depend on the waterways. Boaters will encounter challenging seas and varying temperatures while reaping the benefits of the remarkable environment that Alaska has to offer.