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Outdoor Adventure

Natures Force And Creative Energy Are Lavished On Southeast's 
Biggest Island, Where People Have Prospered For Millennia 

Photo by Carla Tchalemian
Encounters with the natural world and human history never become routine up here. Rocky shorelines touched by clean, green depths, teeming ocean shallows and mountainsides that nurture deer and wildflowers, show that nature has put a lot of work into Prince of Wales Island. Plentiful fresh water provides fishers and paddlers alike with opportunities to enjoy streams and lakes. Artistic figures painstakingly gouged into rock hundreds of years ago and logging gear shutdown decades back testify to the human presence in this lush land. Here are hints of adventures you can enjoy.    

                                                                                            Photo by Kathy Peavey
                                                                                    Kayak along our seashore and see ocean life up close-but stay clear of marine mammals: they're federally protected!
  • Go on a salmon or halibut charter for a tug of excitement.
  • Make a totem tour to see Northwest Coast Native art in Klawock, Hydaburg,Kasaan and Craig.
  • Fly, boat or hike to a remote public-use cabin for unforgettable solitude; call the Craig or Thorne Bay ranger districts.
  • Drive scenic Road 30 north out of Thorne Bay, along Clarence Strait, and picnic at Sandy Beach. Go to friendly Coffman Cove for great photos of peaks and forest.
  • Have a cave day. Walk the Beaver Falls Karst landscape interpretive trail in old-growth forest, then follow a guide into El Captain Cave (Summer Only. Call Thorne Bay Ranger District at 907-828-3304 for reservations).
  • If you're towing a boat, drive to the north end of the road at Labouchere Bay. Launch and motor to Point Baker and Port Protection, two friendly towns along Sumner Strait.
  • See ancient Native Petroglyphs with local naturalist guide or visit the timber industry's massive left-behind machinery at Thorne Bay, Naukati and elsewhere.
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Denise Daniels,
Nov 5, 2011, 1:02 PM