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Bald Eagles frequent this area, and you can often see their white heads popping out from the green pine trees that line both banks of the lake. Though this is a large lake that I'm sure can stir up some severe current at times, during my trip the water was glass, with nary a ripple on the surface save when a fish rose to devour an insect. As I continued to paddle south for about five miles a beautiful green island opened up in front of me. I knew from the map that this was called "Porcupine Island" and decided to beach on the island to explore.
I circled the island until I found a suitable spot, and I noticed that the geology of the island was jagged, squared off sedimentary rock…quite a contrast from the remainder of the area. On this island the trees are compacted as tightly as in the Amazon, and I could not penetrate more than ten feet into the woodline.
I observed bald eagles, squirrels, and many unidentified birds (no porcupines and thankfully no bears though). I returned to my boat and began the paddle back to the quartz creek boat launch. When I got back my GPS said it had been a 15 mile paddle, but it went by like nothing. I would highly recommend this float to anyone who wants to experience Alaska but does not feel quite up to the challenge of the open ocean yet.
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