Well, in the finest spirit of procrastination here are the links to a couple of web albums detailing a two week packrafting trip through Prince William Sound last May/June. We (Brett Roth, Jake Waits and I) had five or six days of beautiful sun and over a week of rain and clouds. Our original goal was the lofty heights of Seward and if we had been absolutely militaristic about moving along without lollygagging, the weather broke in such a way that we MIGHT have made it. But that’s just not our style. As it was, we decided to call it quits off of Chenega Island in the southern Sound, where my dad was anchored up black bear hunting. Then we kicked it with him and his hunting party for the next six days, before we all went back to Whittier. There was a ton of snow and it being last summer (cold) it seemed most days like it wasn’t melting at all.
Our route went like this: Hike/Paddle down Passage Canal to Shotgun Cove. Hiked over Shotgun Pass, paddled down Blackstone. Hiked over the ridge to Surprise Cove. Paddled down Cochrane to Three-Finger Bay. Hiked to Long Bay lagoon. Paddled out Long Bay, down Culross and across Port Nellie Juan to Mclure Bay. Paddled to Foul Bay. Hiked to Falls Bay. Paddled to Eshamy Bay (holed up in a friendly cabin for a few days while the rain poured down). Paddled to the head of Eshamy Lagoon. Hiked to Paddy Bay via Eshamy Lake. And finally paddled out of Paddy Bay across Dangerous Passage to Masked Bay on Chenega Island. It was about 75 miles total.
The hiking varied from fun and easy to nasty bushwacking, often within a half a mile. A lot of the lakes we wanted to walk across were too soft to hold us, so many detours became necessary. As it was, we cut out some of our hiking plans. The paddling was mostly gentle, but with some two to three foot swells on the beam crossing Falls and Main Bay (a little scary). All in all, not the best country for packrafting at that time of year. The brush would be much thicker in mid summer, but at least the fresh water would be unfrozen.