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Nearby Chatham Straits is home to humpback whales, killer whales, and porpoises thanks to the waterway’s rich supply of krill and herring, making Favorite Bay an ideal whale watching spot. Guided kayaking trips are one way to explore the area’s waterways and native marine life, with gear and packed lunch provided.
Trails through the Tongass National Forest offer scenic waterfall views, wild mushroom and blueberry picking and secluded picnic spots to enjoy a packed lunch under the dense canopy of trees or on the shore of a river or lake.
Just north of Angoon, Danger Point Trail is a 2.5-mile hike with views of the Chatham Strait and other islands among the bay. A local favorite for a morning walk, the shorter Cemetery Trail passes through a cemetery to link up with Danger Point Trail.
Guests can go trapping for Dungeness Crab and Spot Prawns along with Favorite Bay guides in the inlets of scenic Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Islands, with a sampling of the day’s catch prepared by the Lodge’s kitchen.
A visit to Angoon lends insight into the history and culture of the Native Tlingit people, with the 14 wood-framed clan houses lining the town’s Beaver Trail Road virtually unchanged over the last 100 years. The area boasts one the world’s densest brown bear populations, with an estimated 1,600 bears living on Admiralty island, and just 450 year-round Angoon residents. Visitors can comb the area’s miles of beaches for treasures washed ashore.
The Cross-Admiralty Canoe Route is a 32-mile canoeing and kayaking water trail linking seven mountain lakes across the island, with several Forest Service cabins along the trail for rest and shelter. About a two-hour kayak trip up the water trail, Hasselborg Lake is a local favorite for watching the native wildlife, including Sitka black-tailed deer and the brown bears that feed on salmon running through the glacier-fed streams.
Shopping and dining in Angoon are limited to a single general store: The Angoon Trading Co., which offers snacks, sundries, gifts, and clothing.
Glacier Bay National Park, accessible from Angoon by floatplane or ferry, encompasses 3.3 million acres of inner Alaskan wilderness. Park activities include camping, hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and rafting, with mountain and glacier views throughout.
Favorite Bay Lodge, 917 Killisnoo Rd Admiralty Island, Angoon, AK, Phone: 866-788-3344
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