Channel Islands State Marine Park is located between 12 and 30 miles Northwest of Juneau along Favorite Channel and Auke Bay. The area is easily accessed by small boat from the Amalga Harbor, Auke Bay, or North Douglas boat launches and is a popular area for wildlife viewing, photography, waterfowl and big game hunting, sport fishing, boating, kayaking, and camping. Access by float plane is also readily available from the Juneau Airport. Within Channel Islands SMP is North Pass a favorite fishing location for salmon and halibut and a popular whale viewing location. The average temperatures in the summer are in the 60's, rare highs hitting 80. The coastal climate is cool, high average rainfall of 60-90 inches creates a wet environment. Have warm clothing and quality rain gear, inclement weather can occur quickly and last for days. Snow can begin to accumulate as early as October. Amongst the islands there will be: abundant bird life (Bald Eagles, white winged and surf scoters, etc.), seals, sea lions, humpback whales and the occasional killer whale. Low tides expose a wealth of intertidal sea life.
The Channel Islands are comprised of 14 islands located in Lynn Canal, Favorite Channel and Stephens Passage.
Excellent fishing and wildlife viewing throughout these islands. Good hunting for Sitka deer on the islands.
- Always be ready for rain and soft wet ground/be prepared to stay dry and warm.
- Carry signaling devise in case of an emergency (orange cloth/flares/etc.).
- Carry first aid items, flashlight (particularly in winter), snack and a fire starter.
- Surface water should be boiled or treated before drinking.
- Be prepared for bear encounters. Respect the bears, give them the right of way and make a lot of noise (some hikers put bells on their packs and carry whistles to alert bears to their presence).
- Please help protect shorebirds by keeping dogs under control at all times; do not allow dogs to disturb or chase birds or other wildlife.
- Always tell a friend, relative, or park ranger (465-4563) where you are going and when you expect to return. Motorized vehicles prohibited.
- Fires in authorized structures or on sand or gravel bars only.
- Fireworks and explosives are prohibited.
- Discharge of firearms prohibited within 1/2 mile of cabins, trails, and road.
- Disturbing or damaging natural objects prohibited.
- Permit required for more than 20 persons.