If you have a car, the 0.25-mile Bear Paw Lake Trail, 18 miles south of town on Road 8508, leads to a good lake where you can catch trout or coho salmon. Kayakers and canoeists may want to paddle the 40 miles from Hoonah to Tenakee Springs. The route goes to the head of Port Frederick, where there is a 100-yard portage into Tenakee Inlet. Neka Estuary in Port Frederick is a good place to see bears. A Forest Service cabin is available at nearby Salt Lake Bay, but a considerable amount of logging has beaten you there.
Ask at the Forest Service Hoonah District Office (907/945-3631, www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass) for details on these and other possible kayak trips in the area, including to Neka Hot Spring, 16 miles west of Hoonah.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition