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“Exploring Revillagigedo Island”

Ranked #17 of 32 things to do in Ketchikan
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Owner description: Island in the Inside Passage of Alaska.
Reviewed 16 January 2005

I am biased - I live here, and the island, known simply to locals as Revilla is an adventure playground. Ketchikan is the main town and with 26 miles of road it forms a small enclave of people while the rest of the island remains free of major settlements. The Misty Fjords National Monument claims the east side of the island and the US Forest Service maintains cabins and row boats for rent for people wishing to fly into them for a wilderness getaway.
The island is really exceptional to explore by boat, kayak or sea plane. I have all three and spend my summers in the outback enjoying the heck out of life. One of my best trips was a three week paddling trip circumnavigating the island. It has a lot to offer, a bear obsevertory, hot springs, rainforest trails, fjords, lakes and oh yes, lovely trout fishing. It is about 120 miles to circumnavigate and if you have good paddling skills this is a fantastic trip.
Chartering a seaplane to take you to a wilderness lake is another fun weekend. Close lakes, and therefore cheaper because of less flight time, are Heckman Lake, Patching Lake, Ella and Manzanita. Manzanita Lake cabin will leave you breathless.
However there is a health warning! You may fall in love with this land and end up like me, hopelessly in love still ten years later.

36  Thank Gillian E
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