Southeast Alaska

Boaters visit Southeast Alaska each year for the unsurpassed scenery and wildlife. Witnessing and listening to calving glaciers — either from your own boat or with a local tour operator — is a special treat. Glacier Bay National Park is the highlight of Southeast Alaska with LeConte Glacier, Dawes Glacier, and Sawyer Glaciers completing the list of tidal glaciers accessible by pleasure boats. Mining is a huge part of local history and Juneau offers visits to mining sites, ruins, museums, and tours. Visitors will find a rich history of gold prospecting in Haines and Skagway. Plus, the history of the fishing industry is evidenced by cannery ruins found in Taku Harbor, Red Bluff Bay, and elsewhere. Distances in Southeast Alaska are so vast that most pleasure boaters will want to make multiple trips in order to see the many unique sights, towns, and villages.

Top Destinations

Glaciers & Passages

Le Conte • Tracy Arm • Dawes • Marjorie • Grand Pacific • Wrangell Narrows • Rocky Pass • Fords Terror

Clarence Strait & Tongass Narrows

Ketchikan • Metlakatla • Meyers Chuck • Thorne Bay

Juneau, Petersburg & Wrangell

Douglas • Auke Bay • Wrangell Narrows • Anan Bay

Lynn Canal & Icy Strait

Haines • Skagway • Hoonah • Glacier Bay National Park • Bartlett Cove

Chatham Strait

Tenakee Springs • Warm Springs Bay • Red Bluff Bay

Sitka Sound

Sitka • Peril Strait • Goddard Hot Springs

Plan Out Your Trip

Southeast Alaska is fully covered in the latest Waggoner Cruising Guide. It provides all you need about marinas, anchorages, passages, and attractions.  Plan your day’s route with the guide’s detailed planning maps. Get your copy of the Waggoner Cruising Guide book!

Plus, there’s more to help you plan a great cruise along the Alaskan coastline. Read on…

Yes Bay to Bailey Bay Hot Springs – Behm Canal, Southeast Alaska

Yes Bay to Bailey Bay Hot Springs – Behm Canal, Southeast Alaska

If you’re looking for a unique and challenging trek with a rewarding soak in rugged, natural hot springs, then Bailey Bay Hot Springs might be for you. The hot springs are accessed via a trail from Bailey Bay, then via a Forest Service canoe stationed at Lake...

Solar Powered Boat – Record Setting Journey to Southeast Alaska

Solar Powered Boat – Record Setting Journey to Southeast Alaska

David and Alex Borton completed a 1,400-mile voyage to Alaska under 100 percent solar power, the very first recorded voyage of its kind. Their 27-foot Solar Sal boat, named Wayward Sun, has 1700 watts of Solbian solar panels on her roof, and six Torqeedo lithium...

Unique Hikes Around Petersburg Alaska

Unique Hikes Around Petersburg Alaska

Petersburg is known for its stupendous scenery and is also one of the few places in Southeast Alaska that offers a number of hiking opportunities. One of our favorite trails is accessed by dinghy at the public dock directly across Wrangell Narrows from Petersburg’s...

Treadwell Mine Ruins on Douglas Island – A Trek Thru History

Treadwell Mine Ruins on Douglas Island – A Trek Thru History

When visiting Juneau, you often find brochures about Mendenhall Glacier, tours to Endicott Arm and Tracy Arm, the Mt. Roberts Tramway, and the excellent Alaska State Museum, but we have yet to see a brochure for the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail, a local’s best kept...

Natures Cathedral – Misty Fjords National Monument

Natures Cathedral – Misty Fjords National Monument

Visiting Walker Cove, Rudyerd Bay, and Punchbowl Cove, located on the eastern side of Behm Canal, is like stepping into a grand cathedral of nature’s making. Intricate waterways lead through steep-sided granite walls with cirques, bowls, and spires. Waterfalls roll...

Stikine River – Wrangell’s Wilderness Highway

Stikine River – Wrangell’s Wilderness Highway

The Stikine River, which means Great River in Tlingit, runs 380 miles from its headwaters in British Columbia to its mouth near Wrangell. The Stikine was used by the Coastal Tlingit as a transportation route to the interior region. The Tlingit of lower Stikine traded...

2018 Waggoner Guided Flotilla, Part 2: Port McNeill to Ketchikan

2018 Waggoner Guided Flotilla, Part 2: Port McNeill to Ketchikan

We departed in a misty rain which covered the top of the nearby mountains. We cruised up to the majestic Kynoch Falls where all of the boats and crews passed in front of the falls for their trip picture. This area is called Fjordland due to the deep and steep fjords. Mother nature showed off her rainy best with waterfalls all along the way. Impressive. The evening was spent in light rain in Windy Bay, which was very calm despite its name. Read more about the Waggoner Guide Flotilla to Southeast Alaska in 2018.

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