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“No trip to Wrangell is complete without a trip up the Stikine and to the glaciers.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stikine-Leconte Wilderness

Stikine-Leconte Wilderness
Wrangell, Alaska
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179 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“No trip to Wrangell is complete without a trip up the Stikine and to the glaciers.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

The Stikine-LeConte Wilderness is a beautiful area filled with amazing scenery and tons of wildlife.

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Bern, Switzerland
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“More of a recreational park than a wilderness”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2008

At the beginning of September 2008, we spent eight days kayaking down the Stikine, staying in various USFS cabins all within the so-called Stikine LeConte Wilderness Area.

We usually camp in tents and usually head for British Columbia, so this was a first and we were looking forward to it as we had read so much about the area. Perhaps our expectations were too high, but our trip was largely disappointing.

We certainly hadn't expected the boat traffic (granted black bear hunting had started--we met hunters, but just two black bears and no grizzlies, and moose hunting was round the corner--we met just one cow moose)--we heard on average 5 boats/day (jet boats are loud, you hear them for a good 20 minutes). There are also cabins up many sloughs, mostly float cabins (I suppose this is the loophole in the law about not being able to build any permanent constructions in the area), but quite a few on land too (that mostly don't show up maps and one directly opposite from Mt Rynda cabin). On our first night we had some nut in a jet boat roar past Mt Flemer cabin in the near total darkness--so much for peace and quiet. I don't see how all this activity can possibly make for conducive wildlife viewing.

Perhaps the most depressing thing was the trash at most of the cabins. Granted we stopped by after labour weekend and the USFS isn't to blame, but who wants to arrive at a place littered with beer cans, broken glass, spent bullets and even batteries? We certainly haven't travelled half way round the world to see this.

Another disappointing aspect was the fishing. Around the cabins and on the creeks that the tour books/operators recommend there were very few resident fish. Near Government Slough we even came across 4 discarded and badly filleted halibut (why?!).

The Stikine LeConte wilderness is undoubtedly scenic, but it is heavily used. Don't expect a wilderness, think recreational park and you might have a good time.

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