Misty Fjords National Monument

Ketchikan, Alaska

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This beautiful area is still one of Alaska’s secrets. The most famous—and therefore most popular—places within Misty Fjords National Monument are Rudyerd Bay and Walker Cove. But don’t overlook the rest of the area. There is a lot of scenic grandeur in other inlets and bays that few of Misty’s visitors ever find. Most of Misty Fjords is remote and wild country, a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, Sitka deer, mink, river otters, and in a few places, moose. Humpbacks and orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals ply the waters of Behm Canal and the inlets. The steep and sometimes sheer fjord walls are keys to the area’s scenic allure, but they also make camping sites hard to come by. It is possible to reach Misty Fjords by paddling to and/or from Ketchikan. However the round-trip distance to Walker or Rudyerd is more than 40 miles, and paddling will add at least two days on each end of your trip. Many kayakers therefore choose to use one of the delivery and pickup services from Ketchikan.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southeast Alaska

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Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southeast Alaska

by Jim Howard (The Globe Pequot Press)

This beautiful area is still one of Alaska’s secrets. The most famous—and therefore most popular—places within Misty Fjords National Monument are Rudyerd Bay and Walker Cove. But don’t overlook the rest of the area. There is a lot of scenic grandeur in other inlets and bays that few of Misty’s visitors ever find. Most of Misty Fjords is remote and wild country, a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, Sitka deer, mink, river otters, and in a few places, moose.

Humpbacks and orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals ply the waters of Behm Canal and the inlets. The steep and sometimes sheer fjord walls are keys to the area’s scenic allure, but they also make camping sites hard to come by. It is possible to reach Misty Fjords by paddling to and/or from Ketchikan. However the round-trip distance to Walker or Rudyerd is more than 40 miles, and paddling will add at least two days on each end of your trip. Many kayakers therefore choose to use one of the delivery and pickup services from Ketchikan.

©  Jim Howard/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Ketchikan
Distance: 60
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 days
Season: Best in May to August
Local Maps: NOAA #17420 & USGS 1:250,000, Ketchikan
Driving Directions: Directions to Misty Fjords National Monument

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