Alaska Anchorages

Takatz Inlet: Taking It a Day at a Time

Friday, December 04, 2015S.V. CAMBRIA

It was a beautiful summer day and both David and I were anxious to get off the dock and see more of Baranof Island while there was an opening in the weather. That meant saying good-bye to soaking in hot baths (something that’s easier said than done) and backtracking north to Takatz Inlet – a small fjord located off Chatham Strait that we thought would be a nice place to spend a night or two.

It was.

Takatz is a beautiful fjord lined with steep, granite hills and snow-capped peaks. A well-placed twist in the road landlocks the head of the bay and gives it an intimate and welcoming feeling that you don’t always find in inlets. Better still, we had it all to ourselves, something that’s surprisingly uncommon in Alaska, but the feeling of being anchored in a remote location continued to elude us.

When we’re cruising in Northern British Columbia, we often feel like we’re the last two people on earth – something we love and regularly seek out but have yet to experience in Alaska. We’ve been close a time or two; but even on the rare occasions that we were alone at anchor, there were other boats nearby. That doesn’t change the fact that Alaska is incredibly beautiful or that we’ve seen some amazing things along the way, because it is and we have. It simply means that (in our limited Alaskan cruising experience) the word remote seems to imply “distant” rather than “isolated”. Given the time and opportunity to get off the beaten path, my guess is that would change.

Remote or not, Takatz ranks high on our list of Alaskan anchorages.

Not only is it well-protected with plenty of swing-room, Takatz is quiet and peaceful with stunning views that beg to be explored . . . and we were willing participants. We launched our kayaks and made our way to the head of the bay which, according to the chart, ends in a mudflat. It doesn’t. Instead, we found hundreds of salmon impatiently waiting to swim upstream and could partially make out a waterfall behind a bend in the creek. Surely there were bears in the area, the fishing was exceptional. But the water was too shallow and the current from the falls was too strong for us to make it any farther so we had to content ourselves with watching the eagles on shore and the salmon swimming past, bumping the bottoms of our kayaks as they did before calling it a day and returning home to Cambria . . . we’ll try again tomorrow.

Note: This blog entry was written on Friday, 24 July 2015.

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