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Sarkar Lakes Canoe Route

FH 43 between Naukati Bay and Whale Pass

Sarkar Lakes Canoe Route is an easier 15-mile loop on a scenic chain of small lakes. The hearty can portage a paddlecraft to the mouth of Sarkar Creek, five minutes up the road from Sarkar Lake, and explore parts of beautiful El Capitan Passage. Fishing in Sarkar Creek can be productive; sockeye and coho runs provide subsistence and sport fishing.

Distance

15 miles

Difficulty

More difficult

Average Time

2-3 days

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Safety First Hiking Tips

Enjoying a beautiful hike on Prince of Wales Island is easy when you are properly prepared for the weather, wildlife and trail conditions.

Bear Safety

Hundreds of black bears live on Prince of Wales Island. Follow these backcountry rules to safely share the island with bears.
Make noise to avoid surprising bears.
Never get between a sow and her cubs.
Keep food in closed containers.
Sleep away from your food.
Don’t crowd bears; stay a safe distance.
Don’t fish where bears are fishing.
Clean fish in strong currents.

know the weather

Prince of Wales Island is located in the Tongass National Rainforest which means we experience moderate temperatures and high levels of precipitation. High temperatures average 55-65 in the summer and 35-45 in the winter. Rainfall averages 2-8 inches per month in the summer and 8-13 inches per month in the winter. Snow generally occurs more substantially in the higher elevations.

a few things to bring

Waterproof hiking boots. 
Warm clothes and rain gear.
Bug repellent spray or lotion.
Bear repellent spray or bells. 
GPS-device with TOPO maps.
Emergency communication device.
Binoculars and cameras.
Wild plant and animal guide.
Ample water and food supply.
Pack it In Pack it Out
There are no garbage removal services provided on the island, so please respect our wilderness by leaving no trace of human activity. This will ensure our wildlife is protected from pollution, and our beautiful forests and waterways are preserved for future enjoyment by all future generations. Together we can protect our island! 
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