I am starting to plan my next year’s AK vacation. I trailer my own boat up and spend 2 + weeks fishing each summer I take 3 weeks off. Last year we went to Craig and 2 years before that Ketchikan.
The trip to Craig had some problems (truck broke down then weather) and I am thinking I would like to see some more of this great State so I am thinking Wrangell possibly if not I will go back to Ketchikan.
We dry camped for 2 weeks on POW Island and that sucked so next summer will be at a lodge unless I take my truck camper like the first year to Ketchikan where we had hookups.
I liked Craig but we got blown off the water the last week we were there just bad luck I guess but it is expensive to get there and to not be able to get out for a week well just doesn't work when you spend that much. I have been doing some calculating and the trip to Wrangell would cost less than it did to Craig by ferry. How is the fishing around Wrangell I can plan the trip for any month in the summer?
Last year I took a 21' NR Seahawk with 3 other guys and it was way to crowded I sold that boat and I am having a new Wooldridge 26' SS pilot House boat built. I have always trailered up to Prince Rupert BC and ferried from there. I am toying with the idea of launching the boat in Prince Rupert and piloting up this year. I calculated 186 miles and I should have the range easily the new boat will have a 150 gallon tank and be ran with a 250 HP Yamaha. I should get between 2-3 MPG I can always stop off in Ketchikan if I need more fuel. The ferry will run me around $1800 to Wrangell and probably $1200 to Ketchikan round trip.
This looks like a big piece of open water between Rupert & Ketchikan I have a fair amount of experience offshore off the Oregon coast but never anything this far. The Ferry trip across to Ketchikan has never been too bad during my crossings but I know how things can change. I would definitely look the weather forecast over but I would think I could cross it faster than the ferry if the weather is favorable. What do you think about this crossing in a 26'er?
Are there any places in or around Wrangell that have RV hookups? I am not sure with my new boat if I will still be able to haul my truck camper it maybe too much weight for the truck now I will have to see, if there are no hookups I won't bother anyway.
Thanks for any info you may have.