Chilkat Islands - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip
This is a fascinating trip into Chilkoot Inlet and upper Lynn Canal. It is wilderness kayaking on seldom-visited islands. It offers remote camping with incredible scenic views of the Chilkat Range and the Coast Mountains. The Chilkat Islands extend south from Seduction Point on Chilkat Peninsula and include Talsani, Anyaka, Shikosi, Katagun Islands, and Eldred Rock.
Trip Highlights: Wildlife viewing, unique wilderness island camping, and excellent mountain scenery.
Trip Rating: Advanced: For experienced kayakers. Those with limited experience should always be accompanied by a qualified guide. Winds and waves in the area can be awesome.
Trip Duration: This is a multiday trip whose duration depends on departure point and weather conditions. The distance from Portage Cove to Eldred Rock is 18 miles. Those leaving from Haines should budget at least five days if planning on going all the way to Eldred Rock and return.
Navigation Aids: NOAA chart 17317.
Tidal Information: Use tidal flow to aid daily paddling efforts. Otherwise this is all deep water and intertidal areas are not a concern.
Cautions: Plan all passages to and between islands with the wind in mind. Be prepared to modify or abort the day's activities as necessary for increasing winds and rough seas.
Trip Planning: Get an up-to-date weather forecast. Take a VHF/weather radio along with you. The best procedure is to begin your trip as early in the morning as possible. That way if winds pipe up toward midday, you will have accomplished most of the day's miles.
Be prepared for a longer trip if it proves necessary to wait out the wind. Or use a delivery or pick-up boat at the beginning or end of the trip.
Launch Site: Put in at Portage Cove on the east side of Chilkat Peninsula or at the small boat harbor in Letnikof Cove on the west side.
Depending on launch site head south along east or west coast of Chilkat Peninsula. At Seduction Point begin island hopping south in Lynn Canal. Just how far you go on a particular day will depend largely on wind conditions and how much exploring you want to do. If you elect to continue all the way to Eldred Rock, be sure you have good weather-this is the longest and most weather dependent leg of the trip.
Where to Stay
camping Camping is possible at Chilkat State Park and anywhere on the islands. There is no water available on the islands so bring along what you will need.
Excerpted from Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southeast Alaska: The Best Trips and Tours from Misty Fjords to Glacier Bay by Jim Howard with permission from Falcon Publishing.
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