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Foggy Bay, AK

Welcome to Alaska! For a northbound traveler, Foggy Bay is the first anchorage in Alaska and the first in a new time zone (set clocks back one hour). Reaching Foggy Bay means you’ve successfully traversed all the major “gates” of the Inside Passage. Congratulations!

Without stopping, it’s 82nm between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan—a long day in a sailboat or displacement-hull power boat. Foggy Bay is strategically located a bit over halfway between Prince Rupert, BC and Ketchikan, AK. It’s a secure anchorage, north of Dixon Entrance, with room for as many boats as are likely to be there.

Enter the inner basin from the north. The entrance channel is narrow and somewhat intimidating, but we’ve had no problem with a mid-channel course. The soundings on Navionics charts for the inner basin are incorrect, reporting much deeper water than reality. The anchorage itself is 30-60 feet with good holding and fair protection.

If you’re coming from Canada, you must get permission from US Customs & Border Patrol in Ketchikan before anchoring in Foggy Bay. Call 907-225-2254. We’ve found cell service is decent most of the way across Dixon Entrance. If you can’t make a phone call, contact the US Coast Guard on VHF 22A and ask if they can relay your request to the Ketchikan CBP office.

Lat/Lon: {54.949607,-130.942988}


Anchorage/Holding: Good
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: No
Protection: Average
Public/Private: Public
Fee: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Electric: None
Garbage: No
Pumpout: No
Maintenance: No
Groceries: No
Laundry: No
Liquor: No
Transportation: No
Cell Service: None
WiFI: No

Slowboat Tips and Activities

Excellent exploring by dinghy in Very Inlet.

Entry/Exit Hazards

Enter the protected inner basin carefully from the north via the channel with the 3-fathom sounding. Approach slowly and consider using a bow watch.

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We’ve often seen bears along the shoreline and humpback whales just outside the entrance.

Last update of this page: May 23, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: May 21, 2019

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