Scott Lagoon, Tuxekan Island. July 21-22, 2013
24 July 2013 | posted at Craig
Photo: Looking out Scott Lagoon
We were looking at the chart in search of an anchorage in Sea Otter Sound, off the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, when Steve noticed a long thin cove called Scott Lagoon on the west shore of Tuxekan Island. About ¾ a mile long it was only 180 ft wide along the entire length. The chart showed good depth and no dangers but only a few scattered soundings. What didn’t it show, I wondered.
Neither the Coast Pilot nor either of the guides we had on board had any information about Scott Lagoon. But it looked intriguing, the wind was calm, and the tide was low so we’d be able to see any dangers. If we ran into trouble we wouldn’t have to wait long for a rising tide.
As it turned out, the chart was right. There were no dangers and we motored in easily, anchoring where a side channel entered from the north. A thick growth of cedar trees lines the cove and in the morning a deer walked by on the beach. It was a peaceful and pretty place.
Later that morning we visited the Fitzgeralds at New Tokeen on nearby El Capitan Island. Steve told them we’d been to Scott Lagoon.
“Scott Lagoon was named for the first settler of New Tokeen,” Mike told us. “The Scotts owned the fish plant here. It’s called Scott Lagoon because the first Mr.Scott went in there in a storm and caught lots of fish there.”