Yakutat Wildlife Viewing
Water Trails

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.

Russell Fjord

Directions to trailhead: Drive 10.4 miles on FH #10. Turn left on East Gate Rd (FH#9995). Follow East Gate Rd. 4 miles to its end at the Russell Fjord Trailhead.

Walking distance to Russell Fjord shoreline: 0.75 miles

Notes for water travelers: Enjoy paddling this spectacular area in a single day or multi-day trips. Paddlers may also charter with a local air service to access the fjords.

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Don’t approach the face of the glacier, it may calve and be wary of icebergs, they may tip or break apart.
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Russell Fjord from the Russell Fjord trail.