Baranof, AK – Warm Springs Bay
If you’re in Chatham Strait and are feeling a little damp from the rain, a stop at Baranof Warm Springs is just the ticket. Warm Springs bay has several places to anchor, and there is a public dock which is often filled with commercial fishing boats stopping for a break between openings. There are public bath houses just off the path near the dock, and beautiful “natural” hot spring pools alongside the river and the waterfall that cascades down from Baranof Lake.
Baranof Warm Springs is a tiny seasonal community with a dozen or so homes connected by a boardwalk and trails. Warm Springs is in the jurisdiction of the City of Sitka, which maintains the boardwalk and public dock (which was rebuilt in 2016).
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Cell Service: None
Dock is first-come first served and numerous commercial vessels raft here. Expect to raft if you moor here.
There is scheduled floatplane service from Sitka.
Slowboat Tips and Activities
Westerners did not find Baranof Warm Springs until 1891, but Tlingit people had been crossing over from Angoon to visit the hot springs for an undetermined amount of time before that.
Humpback whales are regularly sighted in Chatham Strait – often feasting on hatchery-raised salmon from nearby Hidden Falls Hatchery. Warm Springs Bay is frequented by seals, eagles, bears, and a host of other wildlife.
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Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: June 28, 2017