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Sea to Islands

Sierra Club charter
Trip Profile
*Remember: wildlife is wild life, so when it comes to stuff like whales and bears, these ratings show the likelihood of seeing those things as opposed to a guarantee. But that’s nature for ya – and who would want it any other way?
Sitka Sound, Peril Strait, Chatham Strait, Baranof Island, Fredrick Sound, Admiralty Island, LeConte Fjord, Sumner Strait, Anan Creek
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Edgecombe, on the outer coast of Baranof Island, our trip will begin in the Russian Capital turned fishing-port town of Sitka. From the Sitka Harbor, we will enter into Sitka Sound in search of Humpback whales, Sea otters, Puffins, Auklets, and other pelagic marine species. From Sitka Sound, we will navigate our way through winding Peril Strait, where we will search the shores of the narrow passageway for the terrestrial creatures that frequent this shoreline. Once on the inside of Baranof Island, we will continue south along the waterfall coast to the small community of Baranof to hike the trails and soak in a beautiful natural hot spring.

From Baranof Island, we will head east into Fredrick Sound – the summer feeding grounds for marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Porpoise, Sea Lions. Fredrick Sound is home to Admiralty Island; which boasts the densest Brown Bear and Nesting Bald Eagle population on earth. By foot, kayak, and from the decks of the Snow Goose, we will explore the shores of Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in North America. Every step of the way, our knowledgeable naturalist will be with you to answer questions and offer hands-on learning experiences. One highlight of this trip will be in LeConte fjord where we will float and kayak among the massive icebergs of LeConte glacier, the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America.

The latter portion of our trip will take us south, through Wrangell narrows, and into Sumner Strait where we will explore Zarembo Island, Zimovia Strait, and Etolin Island. Another highlight of this trip will be a visit to beautiful Anan Creek and a hike to the US Forest Service Wildlife Observatory to look for bears feeding on spawning salmon. The trip will end in Wrangell where you will be able to tour the Alaska native Chief Shakes “Grizzly Bear House”, visit a native arts museum, and get acquainted with Alaskan small town life.
All routes are subject to adjustment and change at the captain's discretion and the ability to obtain the proper access permits. This includes US Forest Service and Glacier Bay National Park permits. Passports are required for entry into Canada, and previous DUI convictions may prevent entry.
We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, operating on the Tongass National Forest under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.