Welcome to Misty Fiords National Monument
This spectacular, 3570-sq-mile national monument, just 22 miles east of Ketchikan, is a natural mosaic of sea cliffs, steep fjords and rock walls jutting 3000ft straight out of the ocean. Brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka deer, bald eagles and a multitude of marine mammals inhabit this drizzly realm. The monument receives 150in of rainfall annually, and many people think Misty Fiords is at its most beautiful when the granite walls and tumbling waterfalls are veiled in fog and mist. Walker Cove, Rudyerd Bay and Punchbowl Cove – the preserve’s most picturesque areas – are reached via Behm Canal, the long inlet separating Revillagigedo Island from the mainland.
Well off the road network, the monument is best accessed via floatplane or boat, neither of which are cheap. Close to a dozen rustic USFS cabins attract adventurous overnighters.