Admiralty Island is only 15 miles in the southeastern of Juneau. This is a preserve of the National Monument. 90% of this 1493-sq-mile area is assigned wilderness. The Tlingit Indians were the indigenous peoples here from over 1000 years ago. In their language, this 96-mile-long island is called Kootznoowoo, meaning ‘the Fortress of Bears’.
There is multitudinous wildlife here. You can find porpoises, sea lions and harbor seals gathering in bays such as Whitewater, Mitchell, Hood and Chaik. Seymour Canal is the largest inlet into the island and it is also one of the world’s largest nesting eagle habitats. And in the waterway, humpback whales are looking for their food. On the land, Sitka black-tailed deers are wandering. In the streams of August spawning salmons are serried.
Above all, the island is famous for the bears. It is definitely a big society of bears in Alaska, with a population of around 1600, more or less. They will enjoy their lives by wandering in drainages, feast on roots, sedges and berries. August is the salmon-hunt time and winter is the time for sweet sleep in dens on the higher slopes.
There are varying landscapes on Admiralty Island. You can find mountains with over 4650ft height, covered by permanent ice fields and tundra. Also you can see countless rivers, lakes, and wild muskeg areas linking together with coastal rain forest of western hemlock and Sitka spruce
You can travel to the island by plane and stay in an USFS cabin, plan a trip to Pack Creek to see the bears or arrange kayaking activities in Mitchell Bay or Seymour Inlet. But the greatest activity should be the Cross Admiralty Island kayaking route. The popular paddle adventure is started at Angoon village and ended at Mole Harbor, with the total length of 32 miles that past the middle of the island. Most of the route is calm kayaking on lakes, portages or streams, but the 10-mile route with strong tides between Angoon and Mitchell Bay is a big challenge for even the senior paddlers.
Before you travel to the island, make sure to get your supplies from Juneau.