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Sitka Scenery

Don’t feel bad if the surounding beauty distracts you from fishing, it happens to us all!

Sitka is considered one of the most beautiful places in all of Alaska.  Landmarked by the only dormant volcano in Southeast Alaska, Mt. Edgecumbe is just one of many sights that you’ll find yourself staring at.

St. Lazaria is another unusual and wonderful sight.  Located just a half mile south of Mt. Edcumbe’s shore line, this small volcanic rock island is a bird watchers paradise.  It is often reffered to as “Bird Island”, it has been declared a bird sancuary and is home to thousands of our feathered friends.  Tuffed Puffins, Common Muers, Bald Eagles, Rino Auklets and several others all share this little Island.

Most of the land in Southeast Alaska is part of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest National Forest in the country.  With an annual rainfall of over 90 inches, there is plenty of water to grow lots of trees.  Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, White Cedar, and Hemlock dominate the mountain sides, and give them there lush green look for miles and miles.

Sitka sunsets can paint the sky in an array of colors. In the summer months the days are much longer and the sunsets occur around 10:30pm.

The view from the top of Harbor Mountain. This view can be accessed by car and a short hike.

The Tongass National Forest stretches more than 17 million acres across Southeast Alaska, covering Baranof Island.

 The Russion Othodox church is the focal point of Sitka’s downtown.

Sitka sound is home to hundreds of sealions.

Take a stroll on one of the many trails around town to get a sense of how large the Tongass National Forest is. Some of these Sitka Spruces are absolutely huge.

Humpback whales are common around Sitka Sound during the spring and summer months. If you’re lucky you may see one breach!

Herring Cove waterfall down Sawmill Creek Road.

Heart Lake is a short mile hike to an alpine lake where you can enjoy a quick dip in the water on a nice warm day in Sitka.

Wildflowers are common in the summer months. The featured flowers are Lupines.