Settlers Cove State Recreation Site offers two of the best sandy beaches to be found in the Ketchikan area and provides pit toilets and sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables with fire grates. A campground with eight campsites is available as well and one public-use cabin on the water that can be rented.
Refuge Cove State Recreation Site is a sliver of land lining part of an edge of a neighborhood and is a popular beach picnicking destination with the locals. The site comes complete with pit toilets, sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables with fire grates, and a quarter-mile trail accompanied by interpretive signs that address the local natural history.
Two lefts past the Alaska Marine Highway Juneau Terminus is the road to Auke Bay Recreational Area. Inside, you’ll find Point Louisa, a traditional fishing ground for the Auke people (a subgroup of Southeast Alaska’s First People, the Tlingit). Point Louisa is a good fishing spot with good water views, covered picnic areas, and gently sloping gravel beach make it a family favorite.
Long Beach is a stretch of beach along Keku Strait a few miles north of Kake. This is a good spot for spotting whale activity offshore, as there are a few rocks out in the water that the whale like to rub against. Generally you would see humpback in this area, but once in awhile you might see a pod of orca.
Angoon means “isthmus town” and offers miles of beaches to explore: from sandy stretches in front of town, to clay/mud expanses and pebble and shale beaches. Go beachcombing to see what the tide brings in (most desired: Japanese glass buoys), or just to lose yourself in the sights and sounds of the natural world.
“Out the Road” ends at Echo Cove. You’ll see only a boat ramp and some outhouses, but walk about a mile down the beach and you’ll come upon the beautiful view of Berner’s Bay, Lion’s Head Mountain, and possibly a whale or 20. You likely won’t be alone, though; this is a popular spot for ATVs, so be prepared for their noise. It’s also a More...