Hoonah to Tenakee Springs

Hoonah, Alaska

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This is a fascinating trip to the head of Port Frederick, where you make a short portage before continuing down Tenakee Inlet. It ends with the compelling option of soaking in a hot spring at the town of Tenakee Springs, a fascinating town with a population of 101. The ferry Le Conte stops here four times a week and will take you back to Hoonah or on to Juneau. Although this is a car ferry, there is no off-loading of cars in town. In fact there are no cars or roads in Tenakee. Amenities do include a post office, a library, a small grocery store, and a liquor store. There’s also Rosie’s Blue Moon Cafe, synonymous with Tenakee Springs, a gathering place for the town’s eclectic and eccentric population. This adventure in protected solitude is an opportunity to see lots of wildlife, including brown bears, deer, river otters, mink, humpback and killer whales, porpoises, seals, and sea lions. The time spent on this route can be short or long depending on the weather and your energy. It can be pleasantly extended with a variety of side-and-add-on trips. In July and August the forest around Tenakee Springs is loaded with salmonberries, blueberries, and red huckleberries.

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"This is a fascinating trip to the head of Port Frederick, where you make a short portage before continuing down Tenakee Inlet. It ends with the compelling option of soaking in a hot spring at the town of Tenakee Springs, a fascinating town with a population of 101. The ferry Le Conte stops here four times a week and will take you back to Hoonah or on to Juneau. Although this is a car ferry, there is no off-loading of cars in town. In fact there are no cars or roads in Tenakee. Amenities do include a post office, a library, a small grocery store, and a liquor store.

There’s also Rosie’s Blue Moon Cafe, synonymous with Tenakee Springs, a gathering place for the town’s eclectic and eccentric population. This adventure in protected solitude is an opportunity to see lots of wildlife, including brown bears, deer, river otters, mink, humpback and killer whales, porpoises, seals, and sea lions. The time spent on this route can be short or long depending on the weather and your energy. It can be pleasantly extended with a variety of side-and-add-on trips. In July and August the forest around Tenakee Springs is loaded with salmonberries, blueberries, and red huckleberries."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Hoonah
Distance: 42
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 or more days
Season: Best in May to August
Local Maps: NOAA #17302 or #17300 and USGS 1:250,000, Sitka
Driving Directions: Directions to Hoonah to Tenakee Springs

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May 2018