Misty Fjords National Monument


In southeastern Alaska, the stunning landscape of Misty Fjords National Monument remains in complete isolation, located within the enormous Tongass National Forest. A fjord is a sunken glacial valley with high parallel sides which, in this case, forms steep slopes and narrow U-shaped inner-regions. President Jimmy Carter designated Misty Fjords a national monument in 1978. Misty Fjord's isolation means that you have to make an effort to get there. The only ways to access its 2,294,343 acres are by plane or boat. Accommodations are basic. There are 14 public recreation cabins, 12 on the freshwater lakes and two on saltwater, convenient to mooring buoys. Four Adirondack-style shelters (one side exposed) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may also camp in any other area of the monument. Campers should be aware that tides along the beachfront fluctuate as much as 25 feet in a day. Pitching a tent on the beach may not be prudent. Composed largely of hemlock and Sitka spruce, with smatterings of red and Alaskan cedar, the forest area of Misty Fjords is part of the coastal temperate rain forest extending along the Pacific Northwest coast from northern California to Cook Inlet. Muskegs and bog plant communities which grow on deep peat and sphagnum mosses, prevent tree growth in places. Enjoy the last of America's true wilderness at Misty Fjords, miles and miles of it.


131 Front Street
US Forest Service
Ketchikan, AK 99901


55.35240200, -131.68479800
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(907) 225-6166

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