Nothing says “Welcome to Alaska” quite like Misty Fjords National Monument. This natural wonder is located about forty miles east of Ketchikan in a highly protected environment that few people get to experience for themselves. From high, rocky cliffs overlooking the Inside Passage to cascading waterfalls and huge expanses of forest, this area is a picture-perfect postcard come to life. Nowhere else will you see 3,000-foot cliffs carved from glaciers, mountains rising out of the mist, hidden lakes, and all the wild beauty of Alaska.
Of course, getting a view of this marvel of nature isn’t always easy. Because Misty Fjords comprises over 2 million acres of Tongass National Forest, it’s remote, untouched, and not easily navigable by land. Intrepid explorers can attempt to pierce this beauty on foot thanks to public recreation cabins, shelters, and twenty miles of U.S. Forest on-trail hiking. However, one of the best—and most breathtaking—ways to see this area is on a flightseeing tour. There’s no easier way to cover a large area of land and ensure that you see all the hidden marvels that Misty Fjords has to offer.
Here at Boardwalk Lodge, we’ve partnered with trusted Alaska flightseeing charters to offer spectacular tours, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Misty Fjords by air. Even if you only take a break from fishing for a single afternoon, you won’t regret making Misty Fjords your destination.
Flightseeing Misty Fjords Tours
If you want to experience Misty Fjords in its full spectacular glory, a floatplane tour is a must. The beauty and majesty of the fjords, carved millions of years ago by glaciers, can’t be truly appreciated until you’ve seen them from the air. When combined with the endless forests and sparkling lakes and rivers, the fjords seem impossibly large, extending off into the horizon as far as the eye can see.
If you’ve never gone flightseeing before, then you’re in for a real treat. Not only will you be able to take in the more than 2 million acres of Misty Fjords National Monument in just an hour and a half, but you’ll also get an insider’s view of the area thanks to knowledgeable pilot narration. Every passenger gets a window seat with plenty of photo opportunities. They also provide two-way communication via headset, making your experience personalized from start to finish. Your pilot will be able to point out wildlife, answer questions, and provide you with the complete history of the scenery all around you.
Planning Your Trip to Misty Fjords
Tongass National Forest works hard to protect its beauty for future generations, with opportunities to spot prolific wildlife in these parts, like grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, moose, wolverines, whales, sea otters and deer. Rainforest vegetation adds its own exquisite beauty to this national monument, including Western hemlock, Sitka spruce, western red cedar and yellow cedar trees. This is also a prominent run for salmon, so depending on when you visit, the rivers and lakes may be teeming.
Although fishing might be what brought you to Alaska in the first place, this excursion is worth your time. But be careful: Once you take a flightseeing tour like this one, you won’t want to see the rest of the state any other way.
Book your stay at Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge now, and consider scheduling one of these spectacular Misty Fjord tours as well.
*Fly out fishing and Alaska flightseeing excursions are an additional cost and must be scheduled weeks in advance of your stay. Be sure to call ahead for availability and booking of these remarkable adventures.