Route Notes:

  • Minimum altitude: no minimum ... suggested 1000 feet.
  • Direct Routing: If the weather is favorable, you may fly from Vallenar Point, the direct heading is 233 and the distance is 22 miles.
  • Landing zone: water only, does not freeze in winter
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Dog Salmon Creek Camp

Dog Salmon Creek is a Creek where Dog salmon go to spawn in the fall, the Indians follow these spawning runs to get there winter supply of smoked fish. Each year they set up a fish camp for a week or so and live on the site until they have what they need to last the winter. The smoke houses they use were made from cedar bows as oppossed to huts like we see now. The men fish, catching the salmon by hand and throwing them up on the beach. The women clean and hang the salmon.

TreeTop VFR Plan

From: Ketchikan International
To: Dog Salmon Creek Camp

1. Fly a heading of about 295 northwest up the center of the Tongass Narrows to Vallenar Point.
... Fly up the Tongass Narrows passing to starboard Ward Cove, Totem Bight.
... Higgins Point is the last point of land to the starboard side of the Narrows.
... Vallenar Point is the last point of land on the port side of the Narrows.
... you will see the small Guard Islands just off the Vallenar point and the Guard Lighthouse about 3 miles ahead out in the Clarence Straight.

2. Over Vallenar Point, set a heading of 244 for the Skoal Point marine light, 15 miles ahead.
... the Patterson Islands will pass under your port wing in about 11 miles ahead.
... as you pass over the Patterson Islands, Skoal Point is three miles ahead
... the Skoal Point navigation marker is about 1/4 mile to the starboard of Skoal Point.
... the navigation marker is at the entrance of the Skoal Arm, we will be flying up the center of this channel.

3. Over the Skoal navigation marker, set a heading of 242 to the entrance of the Polk Inlet, 5.5 miles ahead.
... Saltery Cove will pass to port, followed by Kahyyam Point
... McKenzie Inlet passes by to port
... we are heading for Polk Inlet, straight ahead
... there is a large round island to the starboard side of the arm ... this is the entrance to the Polk Inlet.

4. As you enter Polk Inlet, you will find it gently curves to port, follow it until the inlet comes to a heading of 270.
... Little Goose Bay is the inlet at 11 o'clock as you fly down the inlet.
... continue down the inlet it will curve to port.
... watch for a peninsula to come out from starboard, there are a couple of little islands in the center of the arm just off the penninsula

5. At the peninsula coming out from the port side of the channel, begin decent for landing. Turn left over the peninsula to about 150 coming down on the far end of Goose Bay.
... Dog Salmon Creek Camp will be found in the cove on the far side of Goose Bay.
... swing around the peninsula and plan a touchdown just before you get into the little cove, you should have plenty of landing zone if you are "low enough" and "slow enough."


To return direct: Fly a heading of 052 for 22 miles to cross over Vallenar Point

Doug Linn
Charter Manager
Misty Moorings, Inc.

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