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.

Tawah Creek Bridge, upstream from the confluence of the Lost River

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Tawah Creek with Mt. Fairweather in the distance

Directions to Tawah Creek Bridge (also called “Christmas Tree Bridge”): Drive 3 miles on Airport Road to Situk Landing Road. Turn right and drive 4.9 miles to an obvious fork in the road. Stay right on the smaller, less traveled road. Drive 0.3 miles to Tawah Creek Bridge.

Paddlers can launch boats at the bridge.

Notes for water travelers: A short distance downstream, Tawah Creek empties into the Lost River, which will take travelers to the Ahrnklin/Situk Estuary. Ending the trip at Strawberry Point will require a car shuttle or pick up. Check with Yakutat lodges/lodging managers for assistance. Pay close attention to tides. All streams and rivers this close to the coast are tidal influenced.