3-week Solo Kayak Camping and Fishing in Alaska one last lake (part 7)

3-week Solo Kayak Camping and Fishing in Alaska one last lake (part 7)


This is Part 7 of a series of videos from a 3-week solo kayak camping and fishing trip thru south Alaska. No extra supplies were available in this remote region on the southern end of Prince of Wales Island. My survival depended on everything that I could pack into a kayak including my food. I paddled from the port of Ketchikan for four days to reach this area. This trip was planned around bushcraft survival skills with fish providing the majority of my food. Although other people visit this area during the summer by boat and float plane at times I did not see another human being for days. The kayak allowed me to portage up into remote lakes with all my gear, and many of these lakes are only accessible by float plane or hiking.

In this video, I am leaving a camp at the Johnson River mouth where black bears feed on salmon day and night for the two days (see part 6). Often times these bears would walk past my tent, but they were interested in fish and not in bothering me or my gear. It made for some unforgettable camping conditions. After hiking for several hours inland to Johnson lake I realized that I would never be able to bring my kayak up to the lake and I pushed onward to the final lake on the trip.

At this point in the trip, I am running low on the food that and I am relying more on fish as my main food source. In this video (part 7) the camp that I leave has abundant salmon and trout, but the camp that I arrive at has almost no fish (part 8). The only fish I am able to catch at the second camp are pink salmon that have been in the fresh water for several weeks or longer. These are poor quality eating fish, and I primarily ate the eggs. Additionally, bad weather is coming in fast at this second camp and the conditions of the passage into this lake make it impossible to leave until after the storm has passed. In the next episode (Part 8) the heavy rainfall forces me to seek refuge in a hunters cabin until the storm passes and the water level of the lake falls.