Recreational Angler Access - Carlanna Lake Access Trails

Carlanna Lake Access Trails


Carlanna Lake is located within the city limits of Ketchikan and was originally used as a water supply for the west end of town. In the late 1980's the city stopped using Carlanna Lake as a water supply and access was opened to the public. The U.S. Forest Service had funding to construct an alpine trail that started at the lake, however, this trail did not allow good access to the lake shoreline. From 1994 to 2004, the Ketchikan Indian Corporation's Deer Mountain Hatchery stocked Carlanna Lake annually with 5,000 triploid rainbow trout. Also, this lake is just one of two lakes on the Ketchikan road system with more liberal fishing regulations; use of bait is allowed year round, and there is no size limit on rainbow trout.

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Access trail to first fishing platform
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Third fishing platform


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Access trail to third fishing platform


The objective of this project was to construct several lake access trails from the U.S. Forest Service alpine trail. These trails would allow good access to rainbow trout fishing.


Trail construction was completed in the spring of 2007 and was opened to public use immediately. Construction went very well and there was enough funding to construct three access trails with fishing platforms. This trail has become very popular with anglers and local day hikers, so much that it is quite possible that existing parking will prove inadequate.