Honker Divide Canoe Route Trail
The Honker Divide Canoe Route is Prince of Wales Island 's longest trail. It extends 30 miles on the Hatchery Creek/Thorne River system through the heart of the island, affording visitors glimpses of mountain views, expansive muskegs and open river. The complete trip takes 3 to 4 days. The Honker Divide Canoe Route is a challenging paddle, but well worth the effort. Special Features: The Honker Divide Canoe Route offers boaters the opportunity to enter a pristine area of lakes and rivers, where visitors' are unlikely to see any other visitors until they reach the lower sections of the Thorne River . The Thorne River is a renowned salmon stream, where anglers from all over the country come to fish. Bird watchers and wildlife viewers may also enjoy the sites of deer and bear as they quietly glide along the river. The canoe route is a combination of river and lake paddles. The first seven miles are against the current. The portages are on natural tread and may be muddy. Special Considerations: Plan ahead and prepare for changing weather conditions. Wear recommended personal floatation devices when boating. Break up the 30-mile route by staying overnight in Honker Lake Cabin (see www.recreation.gov).
At a Glance
|Reservations:||Cabin must be reserved. www.recreation.gov|
|Closest Towns:||Coffman Cove|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
General InformationDirections: Visitors may access the Honker Divide Canoe Route from the newly renovated Honker Canoe Launch, located on Forest Road 30, about 10 miles south of Coffman Cove. The canoe launch is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Craig and a 2-hour drive from Thorne Bay. USGS Map: Craig D-3, C-2, and C-3.
Dispersed CampingDispersed camping options limited as much of surrounding habitat is muskeg. Camping on gravel bars recommended.
River and Stream FishingSteelhead runs in early spring, pinks in July to mid-August, and coho salmon in late August through September in outlet stream (Sitkoh Creek). Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.
Big Game HuntingWildlife includes Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears and wolves. Hunting for these species in designated seasons. Review Alaska Department of Fish and Game hunting and fishing regulations.
Viewing WildlifeView abundant waterfowl, especially Canada geese, along the Canoe route. Good fishing in lake for cutthroat, rainbow, Dolly Varden; some coho, sockeye. Careful observers may see Sitka black-tail deer, black bear, and wolves.
|Species||Waterfowl, trout, salmon, deer, black bear, wolves|
|Difficulty Level:||Most Difficult|