The nearby waters are home to numerous whales, sea otters, crabs, 4 species of salmon, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout and char species. Tidal currents around the numerous islands can be quick, with many sheltered passes, areas of high relief and hundreds of miles of coastline. Its shares a lot of the cultural and natural features of a trip to the Queen Charlottes, but is considerably easier to get to and much less costly. Its starting to sound like Kayak Nirvana, isn't it? Wait, it gets better...
We'll be paddling a loop out of a small native village of Naukati on the West coast that offers a remote feel, yet the convenience of utilizing a forest service cabin along the route for a couple of nights. We'll be there in time for some interesting wild foods as well as King Salmon season, so along with playful tidal features, we get to enjoy great seafood, beach asparagus and some good side hikes up rivers. My co-leader for the trip is Patty, who in addition to being a fine banjo player, has been kayaking and guiding on POW for over 15 years.
Having two guides means there may be times in camp when fast tidal features may lure a few out to play in waves while others venture forth to collect spruce tips for tea or simply wander up on crests for some good views. We plan a fairly leisurely pace for this trip (there may be some 15 mile+ days, but not the rule), so that we can spend a bit more time playing with waves, fishing, hiking or crabbing. Sound good to you? It sure does to me, so let's do it!
Day 1, Sat: Arrival in Ketchikan, AK...(a one hour flight from Seattle) in time for a late afternoon seaplane flight into Craig on Prince of Wales Island. Transfer to B&B for the night.
Days 2 & 3: Haul ourselves and our gear overland across the road system to our put-in at Naukati and paddle to Staney Creek area for a couple of days of exploring from there.
Days 4-7: Explore outer islands, inside passes, tidal creeks, tidal features... whatever weather and desire dictates... all from a few camps along the coastline North of Naukati.
Day 8: Paddle back to take out for overland shuttle back to Craig. Overngnight at B&B, group dinner out (budget around $35 oyo).
Day 9: Transfer back to Ketchikan via ferry for flights back home.
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