A boat ramp and dock offer boating access to Sarkar Lake. Site has large parking area and two outhouses. Surrounding scenery characteristic of temperate rain forest. Old growth forest towers over muskegs, lakes and streams. Area has rich cultural history of Native American settlements, fox farming, extensive trapping. Sarkar Canoe Route begins on Sarkar Lake, goes 15 miles (24 km) into backcountry with several portages connecting 7 lakes with high quality fishing. Trumpeter swans in fall and spring.
At a Glance
Vault Toilets (2)
Directions: Sarkar Lake near start of Sarkar Lake Canoe Route, 48 road miles (78 km) from Craig, 63 miles (102 km) from Hollis, and 76 air miles (122 km) NW of Ketchikan. USGS Map Craig D-4. Float plane or 26 road miles (42 km) drive, north on State Highway 925, turns to gravel after 14 miles where it also turns into Forest Road 20.
River and Stream Fishing
Good fishing in lake and creek, rowboat provided for cabin renters.
Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged for steelhead and cutthroat as wild populations are fragile in many waters throughout the area.
Paddle on Sarkar Lake or follow the 16 mile canoe route to see abundant wildlife. Salmon streams enter the lake along the route and bears and deer are frequently seen in this area. Bird watchers are also drawn to the Sarkar area because of its wide array of waterfowl. Harbor seals are often seen in the lake.
Salmon, black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, waterfowl, harbor seals
Intermediate to Difficult
Boating - Non-Motorized
A skiff is provided at the trailhead for cabin renters, and users can bring their own small outboard motor. A canoe or kayak is needed to traverse the Sarkar Lakes Canoe Route. Whether canoeing, kayaking, or skiffing, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, or just enjoying the lake are all options.