Yes, it’s true! When you get to Yakutat you’ll find miles of untouched sandy beaches. You can surf, or just set out to find glass balls that find there way in from the ocean.
If it’s wildlife you are looking for, the Yakutat Forelands is teaming with Brown Bear, Eagles, Moose and numerous other creatures for your viewing pleasure. Don’t forget your camera!
While you have that camera in hand, jump on a charter boat and head up to Disenchantment Bay and marvel at the exciting sites and sounds of the largest tidewater glacier in North America, the ever moving Hubbard glacier. Or rent a car in Yakutat and take a drive to Harlequin Lake to view and photograph the wildflowers, the awesome freshwater glacier and the iceberg strewn lake.
There are some beautiful hiking trails in and around Yakutat such as the short hike into the Russell Fjord or the more taxing walk into Situk Lake. If you enjoy kayaking, saltwater doubles and singles are available for rent in Yakutat.
If hunting is your thing, there are numerous Hunting Guides operating out of Yakutat which can put the avid hunter on Brown Bear, Black Bear, or the rare Glacier (Blue) Bear as well as Mountain Goat, Moose, Ducks or Geese.
On the 4th of July Yakutat celebrates with a downtown parade, a fire works display and numerous cookouts. If you plan on being in Yakutat on the first Saturday of August be sure and check out Fairweather Day, a local celebration which has been held continuously for over 26 years featuring live music at the Cannon Beach Pavilion.
But alas, if we talk about Yakutat we must talk about fishing. The commercial fishery consists of trollers and the traditional gillnetters. A drive to the lower Situk River to observe the gillnetters in action is well worth the trip. Watching the native fishermen work in Yakutat will give you a new appreciation of where your dinner comes from.
If at all possible you MUST fish while in Yakutat. Grab a license and tackle then try your hand at a world class fishery. Steelhead, King (Chinook), Sockeye, Pink (Humpy), and Coho (Silver) Salmon inhabit the rivers and streams of the Yakutat fore-lands in record numbers.er
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