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Tongass National Forest and Betton Island Adventure by Boat
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
- Seahawk: Climb aboard a motorized rigid inflatable vessel for a short, but exciting cruise along the coast of Clover Passage to a remote island in the Tongass National Forest.
- Clover Passage: Part of Alaska’s interior waterway, traveling the Clover Passage is an awesome way to get a feel for the rich topography of the coast.
- Wildlife: Whales, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and migrating seabirds may be spotted on this route.
- Betton Island nature walk: After landing at the secluded beach you'll join an experienced trail guide for a walk through the natural, unspoiled beauty of this coastal rainforest. The trail takes you through a beautiful old growth forest, by way of a secluded beach. This mostly boardwalk path is about one-mile in length and well maintained.
- Tongass National Forest: The nation’s largest national forest at almost 17 million acres, with almost 5.7 million acres has been designated as wilderness. This is a nature lover’s ultimate playground and home to a diverse cross-section of wildlife.
- Alaska style snack: You are sure to have worked up an appetite and a snack of smoked salmon, cheese and crackers, and beverages should hit the spot!
About this Ketchikan tour
The Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska lived, traveled, worked, and played for millennium in the area now known as the Tongass National Forest, before any American or European ever set eyes on the place. With streams and trails teeming with fish and game, the Tlingit built a complex society that is distinctive of people who have access to readily available resources. To get at the bounty offered by nature, across rough Alaskan terrain, the natives took to the lakes, rivers, and inland waterway in search of them.
Your tour of Alaska’s rugged Clover Passage, aboard a modern ocean-going raft called a Seahawk, will take you in the footsteps and paddle strokes of those natives (minus the paddles). Explore the region’s surreal beauty and wildlife from a unique and unforgettable perspective, before landing on a secluded beach along the shores of isolated Betton Island.
Feel the roar of the wind and the splashing of the waves as you travel the Clover Passage, and don’t be surprised if the experience puts you in contact not only with your spiritual self, but also with the area’s varied aquatic wildlife. Keep your eyes open for whales, sea lions, or harbor seals that may be trailing in your wake, and watch the shoreline for a possible bald eagle sighting along the craggy coast as you make your way towards Betton Island.
Your Betton Island stop offers you the chance to walk the one-half mile Betton loop trail that guides you from the depths of ancient rainforests, to the heights of ridges that give you a great view of the nearby Behm Canal that separates Revillagigedo Island from the mainland. As a visitor to the area, you can capture the beauty and excitement of traveling Alaska’s rugged coast aboard modern, ocean-going rafts that travel through Betton Island’s primordial rainforest, the same routes used by the Tlingit’s so long ago.
Is that a whale or a submarine?
The Behm Canal is home not only to frolicking sea lions, squawking aquatic birds, and the brooding presence of migrating whales, but it is also home to the United States Navy’s only sound testing range on the Pacific Coast. Designed to ensure that the navy’s submarines operate as silently as possible, that bulge you see on the horizon might be a whale, or it might be a Los Angeles-class attack submarine running through its silent paces.
Please make your way to the Rain Gauge located outside on the north end of the visitor center building on the dock.
Comfortable layered clothing and rain gear are recommended.
Travelers must be willing and able to walk over beach terrain that is rocky and uneven. Most of the forest trail is boardwalk with some inclines & declines. Dock ramp may be steep during low tides.
Adventure, Walking Tour, Cultural, Wilderness/Wildlife, Scenic
Van or Motorcoach and 24-seat Monohull Motorized Inflatable Seahawk Boat.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
This tour is suitable for travelers of all ages provided they meet all other participation requirements.
You must weigh at least 40 pounds to participate in this tour.
Liability waiver required for this experience.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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