Alaska 2013 June 22 Day 31 Stikine River on a Jet Boat

This a great adventure, it feels like a vacation day as we are on a tour on a small jet boat with 3 other customers and our guide Zach who was born in Wrangell, owns a cottage on the Stikine and has been driving up and down the river since he was  13. We have no decisions to make, no navigation and that is a relief as the sand bars move constantly and no chart can keep you in the safe canal. Local knowledge is required.

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The Stikine is very beautiful and after a few miles we enter the wilderness area created in the early 90’s. No cottages, no power, no generators, no logging, only a few  locals have figured a loophole. House boats that are not tethered to land seem to escape the prohibition for now.

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Lake Shakes is beautiful, a true glacial lake with green waters and icebergs. The jet boat cannot cut through the ice sheet all the way to the lip of the glacier, so we observe from a short distance in the very cold air free of mosquitoes.

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Then we go back down a bit for a soak at Chief Shakes Hot Springs, so hot they are mixed with an adjacent spring of glacial water  to become just right.

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The last highlight of the trip is to see the Canadian border marked by red markers on shore and a giant land border marked by a line cleared of trees up the very steep sides of the mountains on both sides. We are home a few seconds many hovering on the border line in the current.

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3 Responses to Alaska 2013 June 22 Day 31 Stikine River on a Jet Boat

  1. Dora Best says:

    That was a beautiful break for you!
    Very interesting.

  2. Joan Best says:

    It’s such a joy to read your account of your adventure up the BC coast. The pictures were amazing – ranging from the tranquil inlets to the rushing water gorges.
    What a trip!!

  3. Annabelle says:

    C’est superbe… merci de nous en faire profiter!

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