* Indicates historic canoe route access.
- Situk Lake
- Russell Fjord
- Harlequin Lake
- Ahrnklin River
- Situk River
- Strawberry Point *
- Tawah Creek Bridge *
- Tawah Creek at Cannon Bridge *
- Summit Lake *
- Yakutat Bay
- Ankau River/Estuary
- Disenchantment Bay
- Redfield Lakes
Yakutat Wildlife Viewing
Hundreds of miles of Yakutat area waterways, including rivers, fjords, estuaries, bays, and open waters, may be explored by canoe, kayak, raft, drift boat and motorized skiff. It’s as easy as renting a car, and perhaps a boat, and driving to any of several access points, most of which are relatively close to town. Some people also plan multi-day trips and camp along the way. In some areas, the U.S. Forest Service has cabins available for overnight use.
Some waterways have been used for centuries. The original inhabitants of the area, the Yakutat Kwaan, established a canoe trade route between Yakutat and Dry Bay of which Yakutat to Dry Bay Ancestral Lingit Canoe Route is the official name. A large portion of this historic route is passable between Summit Lake and the Ahrnklin River/Seal Creek estuary. This route may be accessed from several launch sites. Due to changes in topography and the river channels over time, however,travel beyond Ahrnklin River Delta is not recommended
Access to Water Trails
The starting point for the following directions to all destinations—trailheads, boat launches, etc—is the intersection of Forest Highway #10 (FH#10, also called the Dangerous River Road) and Airport Road in Yakutat. Driving distances listed on this site are one-way and approximate.
Directions to trailhead: drive 30 miles on FH#10. Cross the Dangerous River Bridge over the Dangerous River to the end of the road and the trailhead. Additional parking is available on the west side of the bridge.
Walking Distance to Harlequin Lake shoreline: 0.75 miles
Notes for water travelers: Massive icebergs, calved from Yakutat Glacier are visible from the shores of Harlequin Lake. This is a popular day trip for paddlers. Overnight visitors may camp or stay at the USFS cabin at the lake on a first-come-first-served basis.