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Old 03-13-2018, 12:12 AM   #1
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Heading to Alaska, part 2.

In the summer of 2014, I took 5 kids and 7 adults to Alaska. Now I知 doing it again. Minus kids and a few of the adults.

I started a thread about places to see and anchorages to stay at, lots of discussion on that topic. Slight thread hijack by BandB but that痴 ok....

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ID:	74021I had 9 days to get there and most commented on how 9 days were not enough. Well. We did it in 8 and saw a fair amount ( the days were long). However the wives and kids want to fly in now and not take the trip. Sadly we only saw some grey whales once, all the way to Ketchikan. Once we dropped them off at the airport, then we saw a bunch not 20m later....they felt they took the trip to Yellowstone, and flew home before we got there.


POW island were incredible. Whales were plentiful, fishing was incredible. Now this year I知 making a fast trip to Ketchikan and then leaving boat up there. Plan on flying up and going to Sitka, Juneau and other locations over the summer and back early September. Leaving June 20th.

Question. Any advice for moorage while up there? Any advice for 3-4 day trips around Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan?

Thanks!
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Re Moorage, you may already know this, but the majority of moorage in AK is "hot berthing". In other words, you get placed in someone else slip while they are away, but you might get a call asking you to move to a different slip because the owner is coming back. This is a minor inconvenience that can be planned around if you are in the area, but is a big problem if you are going to leave the boat. So be sure to discuss with the harbor master to get in a location where the boat can sit for the duration.

As for side trips:

Ketchikan:

- Head over to Mysty Fiord, or perhaps circumnavigate Rev. Island

- Myers Chuck is a fun place.

Juneau:

- Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm

- Excellent whale watching is the pass that goes around to Awke Bay.

- Mendenhall Glacier (car)

Sitka:

- Must eat at Ludwigs Bistro

- Lots of interesting anchorages back up to and around Peril Strait

- On the way to Sitka, Red Bluff

Have a great trip. I'm envious.
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Re Moorage, you may already know this, but the majority of moorage in AK is "hot berthing". In other words, you get placed in someone else slip while they are away, but you might get a call asking you to move to a different slip because the owner is coming back. This is a minor inconvenience that can be planned around if you are in the area, but is a big problem if you are going to leave the boat. So be sure to discuss with the harbor master to get in a location where the boat can sit for the duration.

As for side trips:

Ketchikan:

- Head over to Mysty Fiord, or perhaps circumnavigate Rev. Island

- Myers Chuck is a fun place.

Juneau:

- Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm

- Excellent whale watching is the pass that goes around to Awke Bay.

- Mendenhall Glacier (car)

Sitka:

- Must eat at Ludwigs Bistro

- Lots of interesting anchorages back up to and around Peril Strait

- On the way to Sitka, Red Bluff

Have a great trip. I'm envious.
I would add to Juneau. Park the boat for a few days and take the ferry to Skagway. Stay a few days at the only hotel in town and discover the town and ride the steam locomotive, then take the ferry back. Fun time...
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An easy side trip from Ketchikan is to head up Tongass narrows and turn right at the top, into Clover Pass, a favorite of the locals for salmon fishing. If you continue up, you'll soon be in the Loring and Naha bay area, with several places to anchor and explore. You might even encounter Al, a TF member and great guy who lives in these parts.
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I second Endicott & Tracy Arm from Juneau.
Also Ford's Terror while there--a little tricky entrance the first time or two but some guide books give the keys.

I also like the Hoonah-Excursion Inlet-Point Adolphus area for a trip out of Juneau.
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Here are three unique spots, for us anyway.

We have enjoyed Pelican - good docks. Getting there takes you past Elfin Cove which even if you anchor somewhere is worth a dinghy trip. Tenakee Springs is another local haunt. All have a local flavor and are not overly touristy.
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Glacier Bay is the pearl of SE Alaska and perhaps all of Alaska. A US Park Service permit is required for a boat to enter the bay. The bay has two major arms and is seventy miles long. It will take several days to see the bay. Another great way to see the bay in one day is to fly (float plane) into Bartlet Cove from Juneau or Hoonah and take a day trip in the bay on a high speed catamaran. We have done both over the years and choose to fly in if we have guest, just easier. If you are in the Hoonah area Pt Adulphus is world class whale watching. Hope you have a great summer.
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Glacier Bay is the pearl of SE Alaska and perhaps all of Alaska. A US Park Service permit is required for a boat to enter the bay
Can you advise how to get the permit?
Is there any delay for a space or do you just pick up the permit and go?
We will be there in July when I assume it will be busy.
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Go to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve web page, click on Private Boating in Glacier Bay. We have also call Barlet Cove ch 16, when near the bay to inquire about openings. They often have openings for a day or two due to cancellations, but don't count on it. Also, if you have a permit and wish an extra day or two call Barlet cove to see if they can grant an extended stay. Hope this helps.
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To the west of Glacier Bay is Dundas Bay. Dundas is breathtaking and remote. It offers a great view of glaciers and big mountains without having to do the permit dance.
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Agree, Dundas Bay is nice. It is also part of Glacier Bay National Park, but not nearly as spectacular as Glacier Bay.
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Another Great Spot

We would recommend Anan Bear Observatory.

If you want to get up close with feeding black and brown bears, I would not miss Anan Bear Observatory. It's in the Wrangell area and does take some effort, since a hard to get permit is required, but it's well worth the effort.

You can get more information regarding the observatory at:

http://www.wrangell.com/visitorservi...fe-observatory

We will be spending the summer in Southeast Alaska as well, starting off with a Seattle to Sitka non-stop 5 day run offshore. Maybe we will have the chance to cross paths.

Wishing you, "No wind and flat seas".

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Barnof warm springs has a free state dock. You can hike to a hot springs or sit in a several bath tubs in which you can regulate the temperature of the water. If you continue past the hot springs there is a lake with excellent fishing exist. Can be pretty busy at times. Beautiful falls, salmon berries, and blueberries everywhere.
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Thanks everyone! Sea Venture, we are dock mates (I知 A3). I think you in my old slip on B dock.
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We would recommend Anan Bear Observatory.

We will be spending the summer in Southeast Alaska as well, starting off with a Seattle to Sitka non-stop 5 day run offshore. Maybe we will have the chance to cross paths.

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Pack Creek on Admiralty Is offers great bear watching too. Jim, I'm impressed with your offshore jaunt. We'll keep an eye out for you.
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To the west of Glacier Bay is Dundas Bay. Dundas is breathtaking and remote.
We called it "Sea Otter World".

Probably be the only boat in there.
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To tell the truth, I wasn't that impressed with Glacier Bay. There are other glacial fields in Alaska that are not so restricted.....
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To tell the truth, I wasn't that impressed with Glacier Bay. There are other glacial fields in Alaska that are not so restricted.....

Which do you prefer?
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NautiBeaver, there is a Nordlund of about your size that we see in BC and AK about every year, named Huntress. I believe the owners are from Yakima. Curious if you've crossed paths with Huntress.
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