Originally Posted by Russell Clifton
Irene: I look for you guys every time I see a Nordhaven. Hope you are enjoying your new boat.
MurryM: I have a few places earmarked in that area including Loretta Island Anchorage, Eagle Bay, Owyacumish Bay, and KIltuish Inlet. Just some places I found in the Douglas guide and Active Captain. Do you have some better suggestions?
You have a fine eye...Owyacumish (Brim River) is my favourite anchorage
Be sure to stop at the hot springs at Europa Point on the way into Gardner Canal. It’s my favourite hot spring in the area...Bishop Bay is way too popular and Weewanie isn’t as aesthetically pleasing. Europa Point also has a mooring buoy.
I haven’t been into Foch Lagoon yet, but I hear it’s world class. We did anchor outside the lagoon once and watched the standing wave rapids which form from the 8 foot height difference
Sue Channel is nice in a quiet, away from it all kind of way, but the further you go into Gardner Canal the bigger the mountains get and the water turns turquoise like a glacial fed alpine lake.
Eagle Bay is close to Kitimat, so it can get crowded...which is to say there may be five boats anchored. Crowded, north coast style
Clio Bay is tempting as it’s closer to Kitimat, but has been used for log booms for decades so may have coils of steel cables on the bottom.
There is a trail along the shoreline leading south from Kitimat Village which starts at the marina parking lot. There’s a totem pole hidden in the forest at the start of the trail, and if you continue on for another 20 minutes or so you may find the old graveyard scattered amongst the trees.
If conditions permit, anchoring below Jesse Falls for an hour or so is awesome.
If you do come to Kitimat, give me a shout via a PM here. MK Bay marina is about 5km out of town, so we could give you a ride into town if I’m not working.
Highly recommend going through Verney Passage at least once as you enter or leave Douglas Channel.
One last tip...Douglas Channel can get really messy with rebound waves off steep shores.