Misty Fiords National Monument

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Misty Fiords National Monument

Alaska

(907) 225-2148

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Overview

Misty Fiords National Monument is 2.3 million acres of undeveloped wild land on the mainland and adjoining islands of southern Southeast Alaska. Almost all designated Wilderness, encompassing 3000 foot granite cliffs, fiords, spectacular waterfalls, grizzly bears, moose, orcas, bald eagles, salmon, lava flows, and country about as wild, primitive, and unexplored as any in the U.S. Misty Fiords National Monument was established by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to perpetuate the outstanding wilderness, scenic and wildlife resources of this remote and wild portion of Alaska. It is a coastal rainforest treasure house.

Located in Tongass National Forest, the region was first visited by Europeans in 1793 when George Vancouver sailed through Behm Canal, the prominent sea-filled glacial trough along the western margin of the monument and separating it from Revillagigedo Island. Vancouver discovered New Eddystone Rock, a 237 foot tall column of basalt in the middle of Behm Canal. It was formed within the past 5 million years by volcanic activity, evidence for which is scattered sparsely through the monument, including a lava flow high above Punchbowl Cove, and at Blue River in the far northern part of the monument near the Canadian border.

Map of Misty Fiords

Latitude, Longitude: 55.612487, -130.619202

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Activities

  • Boating

    Kayaking is an excellent way to explore the area.

  • Fishing

    Follow Alaska fishing regulations.

  • Hiking

    There are many wilderness hiking options in the area.

  • Hunting

    Follow Alaska hunting regulations.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Accessible only by boat or floatplane, from Ketchikan Alaska. Several commercial outfitters/guides available.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 225-2148

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