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Islands to Ocean

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?
Anan Creek, LeConte Fjord, Fredrick Sound, Admiralty Island, Baranof Island
This trip will begin with an exploration of native culture, as a Tlingit elder tells us stories and shows us around the Chief Shakes Longhouse in Wrangell. Traditionally a logging town, Wrangell has yet to succumb to the commercialized tourism that plagues other towns in Southeast Alaska. Our first day brings us partially around the southern end of Wrangell Island to the mouth of Anan Creek. Anan Creek is home to a US Forest Service Wildlife Observatory, where we hope to spend a day watching Black and Brown Bears feeding on Pink salmon. From there, we will head north and transit Wrangell Narrows and enter Fredrick Sound, the summer home of hundreds of humpback whales, and one of the only places in the world where it is possible to witness the humpback specific group feeding style of bubble-net feeding.

We will explore the icy waters of LeConte fjord, and have the opportunity to kayak among icebergs in front of the southern-most tidewater glacier in North America. Hiking and kayaking opportunities dot the shores of the rainforest as we continue north to Admiralty Island National Monument; which holds the densest population of brown bears anywhere on earth. Evenings will bring relaxation and solitude as we drop kayaks, crab pots, and fishing lines within our isolated anchorages. Around the dinner table, we will have time to discuss, share stories, and reflect on the day with our knowledgeable naturalist and crew.

From Fredrick Sound, our passage continues west into Chatham Strait and Baranof Island, where we’ll stop at the small community of Baranof and soak in a beautiful natural hot spring. We will then travel north around Baranof Island – through the winding Peril Strait west, and ultimately into Sitka Sound. Once there, we will head out to the edge of the North Pacific Ocean in search of Puffins, Auklets, and Sea Otters. Our Journey will end in the town of Sitka – one time Russian Capital of Alaska turned modern fishing town. Sitka affords many hiking and sightseeing opportunities as well as the famous Sheldon Jackson museum.
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.