Sitka, Alaska, US
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Approximately 6 Hours
Set out on this multifaceted tour with a small group (maximum 6 privileged guests) for a more personalized experience. It incorporates an ocean-going boat ride, a visit to a residential floating house, a hike through old-growth National Forest and muskeg, and fishing or canoeing on a scenic lake.
Your adventure begins in Sitka. At Crescent Harbor, board a boat and depart for Camp Coogan Bay. Wildlife viewing during the 20-minute ride may include eagles, sea lions, sea otters, whales and a variety of sea birds. You'll be introduced to Sitka's natural, geological, and cultural history en route to your guide's residential floating house. This is where you will gear up for the hike.
Then, it's a short ride across the bay to begin your walk in the Tongass National Forest. The first section is uphill through old-growth trees on trails that are not groomed but have been brushed out and widened. There are some slippery and steep areas with roots and downed trees to step over and an open muskeg (boggy) area. You will reach the lake stocked with small and abundant trout (not trophy size).
Fly fishing or spin casting gear is provided for those who want to try their luck, along with bait and tackle. Inflatable canoes and a small dock for launching invite you to paddle along the shoreline. Alternatively, hike around the lake or hang out by the campfire. Snacks and water are provided here. You will spend 60 - 90 minutes at the lake; then, hike back to the floating house to gather your personal belongings, drop off the gear, and boat back to Sitka.
Participants who want to fish must purchase a license for $15 cash. Some areas have steep terrain that can be slippery. Participants must be in good physical shape and be prepared to hike for about 45 minutes each way to and from the lake. Minimum age is 7 years. Rubber boots, backpacks and fishing gear are provided. Wear waterproof hiking shoes if you have them. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Fishing is catch-and-release. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat.