Come to Angoon between mid-May through mid-September for the best weather, fishing, wildlife viewing and lodging options.
Angoon is considered the “banana belt” of Southeast Alaska, and it’s typically sunnier than spots like Juneau or Sitka. Summer offers the most light and warmest weather. You can be enjoying temperatures in the 70s – sometimes even warm enough to swim!
In summer wildlife here is active and plentiful. Bears are busy fishing, not hibernating. Whales put on a daily show, orca chase salmon up Kootznhoo Inlet, and birds gather to fish or feed on leftovers.
While you can find King salmon and halibut year-round if you know where to look, summer is definitely the optimal fishing season. The waterways surrounding Angoon provide all five species of Pacific salmon, prized halibut, trophy-sized Dolly varden, and cutthroat and steelhead trout.
Some of the lodges close up in winter, so plan for summer, when you have more options for rooms and for guides that can take you on fishing and wildlife excursions.
Summer is also the best time for the ultimate kayaking or canoe trip through the Cross Admiralty Canoe Route, or for exploring remote areas of the Tongass from the convenience of a U.S. Forest Service Cabins.