Dundas Bay, Glacier Bay National Park. July 9-11, 2011
18 July 2011 | posted at Sitka
Photo: Osprey anchored in Dundas Bay
After seven days in Glacier Bay trying to see everything we possibly could within the seven days of our permit, we were ready to relax. Our refrigerator was freshly stocked from the Bear Track Mercantile in Gustavus where we had gone in the lodge van. We had three days to get to Elfin Cove where Karen and Dave had seaplane reservations for Sitka. Dundas Bay was on the way. Still in the park but not in the Bay itself, it doesn’t require a permit.
We left Bartlett Cove with the last of the ebb, motoring (sigh) against a light westerly.
Once in Dundas Bay, we got out the binoculars to look for the remains of an old cannery established there in 1898. At first we thought it had disappeared, overtaken by the forest because the cove where our guidebook placed it was empty. But we soon found it in the next cove north. Some pilings, old boilers and one small building are all that remain of a cannery that once employed 61 men, half of them Chinese, the other half Caucasian and Tlingit
From the cannery we motored all the way to the north end of the southwest arm, past rocky islands, green marshes and forests. We anchored at the head of the bay where we could look up the valley where a hint of snowy mountains peeked through the clouds.
The next morning we woke to sunshine. Not weak Alaska sun filtered through clouds but real sun with a real blue sky. Karen and Dave, who had been bravely putting up with all the clouds and rain, were thrilled. The boat had swung around during the night and through the open cabin door we could see La Perouse Mountain standing above the valley.
After breakfast we motored back to the main arm where we anchored in a group of islands. On the way we passed a raft of otters, at least fifty crowded together in the middle of the channel. From our new anchorage we had an even better view of the mountains. We spent the day kayaking, fishing and just relaxing. Dundas Bay is a great place to relax after a week in Glacier Bay.