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Misty Fjords National Monument
Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument

3031 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, 99901

The Basics

As the second largest wilderness in the National Forest System, Misty Fjords National Monument is an ideal day trip from the nearby city of Ketchikan. Its remote location leaves visitors with two options for experiencing the national monument: boat, or plane. Flightseeing tours by seaplane are a popular option, especially for those pressed for time, and there’s nothing like seeing the wilderness from above to get a sense of its sheer size. Visitors can cruise over the waters of Behm Canal, Walker Cove, Punchbowl Cove, and Rudyerd Bay— ideal locations for spotting bears, bald eagles, Sitka deer, mountain goats, killer whales, and Dall porpoises. For the full Alaskan experience, combine a flight tour with a feast of sweet Dungeness crab.

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Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour
Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour
star-4.5
$289.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Pilot was full of...
Pilot was full of information and history about the area. I asked questions about the plane we flew in and he knew quite a bit about it. I liked the fact that the waiting area was stocked full of cool t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. I bought several items to give to family and friends.
David_P, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Ketchikan

star-5
Amazing!!
Elizabeth_S, Aug 2021
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour
What an amazing time we had!!! We took my 85 year old mom and they were very gracious, helping us get her on and off the plane. Michelle is a wonderful pilot and truly loves showing visitors this beautiful place. Skip the rest and go with the best, Island Wings!!!
star-5
AMAZING!
Shannon_M, Aug 2021
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour
What a great experience. Michelle was an excellent pilot. The views were spectacular. Landing on the lake and the scenery was amazing.
star-5
Amazing!!
suefurey, Jul 2019
Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour
Our pilot. Brentwood, was fabulous. He made sure we understood the safety concerns. The ride was smooth and peaceful. Misty Fjords is a fascinating place I have z new appreciation for water
star-5
Misty fords seaplane tour to crab feast at George inlet lodge
Maribel_W, Aug 2021
Misty Fjords Scenic Flight and Crab Feast From Ketchikan
Captain Steve was incredible! So knowledgeable of the misty fords mountain range. We had a one of a kind experience. We landed in yoona lake and he let us get out and take photos on the float legs. We also had the lucky experience of driving through and with double rainbows!!! We also saw a momma black bear with Cubs on the beach before landing at George inlet lodge anxiously anticipating a Dungeness crab feast. The feast was exactly as I imagined growing up in Camano Washington. Incredible. 10/10 would recommend.
star-5
Don’t skip this experience!
Stefanie_R, Jul 2021
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour
Michelle was great! Her narration during the flight was so interesting and informative. The views were spectacular. The flight was smooth and the landing was amazing, I literally didn’t feel us hit the water. So cool to land in Punchbowl Cove to get out and explore. Definitely a highlight of our trip. I highly recommend this experience and this company!
star-5
Stunning views
Irene_R, Sep 2019
Misty Fjords Flight Tour
This was a great experience!! The pilot was fantastic. The most beautiful views. I could’ve done this all day💕
star-5
Superb
Japin_M, Sep 2019
Misty Fjords Flight Tour
Excellent preflight experience with the office.nice,exhilarating flight.definitely recommended.after the flight-they gave us a lift to the town.
star-5
Amazing!
FLTrvls, Sep 2019
Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour
Everyone was very professional and the pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly. The lake landing was fantastic. Amazing views!!
star-5
Excellent
Jeff_M, Jul 2021
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour
All very breathtaking Michelle our pilot was very nice and knowledgeable. So was Shawna de even gave us a ride back to our hotel.
star-5
Awesome adventure-Viator a complete disapointment however
Alison S, Jul 2019
Misty Fjords Scenic Flight and Crab Feast From Ketchikan
The experience itself was out of this world. Our pilot Erick was incredibly delightful gave us so much information about the land and what we were seeing. The cabin & king crab were just a lovely added bonus to what was just a lovely unique experience that we got to share as a family. That being said. my experience with VIATOR was awful and I don't recommend using their services. I spend hours with customer services reps. who were ineffective and sloppy at best. I had to use the website but wouldn't for any further excursions .
star-5
Great flight/tour, was able to alter our route so we didn't have to cancel due to weather.
Jamie_B, Jul 2021
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour
This tour was a highlight of our trip. Due to incoming weather, Michelle gave us the option of skipping the Misty Fjords national monument since visibility was low. Instead she took us north to the northern fjords. I had originally booked through Viator a different seaplane tour but cancelled after they emailed me to tell me they no longer offered the water landing they advertised. Michelle landed us at Traitors Cove and it was smooth as butter. She has been doing this for over 30 years and gave us great commentary during the flight with her immense knowledge of the area and it's history. I would find out later that she took my parents on their scenic flight over a decade ago. Also, we later were viewing the aviation exhibit in the town museum and came across Michelle's photos and bio. Pretty cool, you can't go wrong with this excursion.
star-5
Great Trip
Debra_S, Sep 2019
Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour
This trip was fantastic. The company was very organized with pickup and return. Our pilot, Jake, was great! Would definitely recommend trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many seaplane tours include a guaranteed window seat for plenty of photo ops.

  • Flightseeing tours from Ketchikan often last several hours.

  • Many tours to Misty Fjords National Monument include hotel pickup and drop-off in Ketchikan.

  • The area receives lots of rainfall, so be sure to dress accordingly.

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How to Get There

Many of points of interest within the national monument can be accessed via Behm Canal, the main waterway through the heart of the wilderness area. Most visitors arrive by cruise ship or fly over the monument in seaplanes from Ketchikan or Juneau, Alaska.

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When to Get There

Most guided tours to Misty Fjords National Monument operate only during the summer months (May through September).

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Shore Excursions from Ketchikan

Misty Fjords is one of the most popular shore excursions for cruise ship passengers who arrive at Ketchikan. These tours often include a seaplane flyover and landing at one of the park’s lakes or fjords, and give travelers peace of mind with a guaranteed on-time return to their cruise ship.

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