Khutze Inlet, BC
Khutze Inlet is a gorgeous fjord, but the anchorage at the head of the inlet is steep-to. Extensive shoals drop off suddenly and sharply to 200+ feet of water. We’ve had good luck dropping about 250 feet of anchor rode in about 120 feet of water, then backing slowly towards shore. If the anchor sets and the boat stops with plenty of water underneath, we’re happy. If you’re concerned about your proximity to the shoal, consider sounding the area from your dinghy.
Holding is good once set, but getting it set in the right place can be a challenge. We’ve always had good weather, but imagine in the right conditions williwaws could make anchoring in Khutze Inlet exciting.
This is one of the most beautiful anchorages on the Inside Passage. Towering rock walls and waterfalls of all descriptions surround lush meadows at the head of the bay. We’ve seen bears fishing in the creeks and foraging among the grass.
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Cell Service: None
Slowboat Tips and Activities
Explore the shoreline by dinghy or kayak.
Approach the anchorage carefully, since the shoal is not well charted and rises rapidly.
K’ootz/Khutze Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 28, 2006 following recommendations from the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. There were two previous mineral claims in the conservancy, up the Khutze River. The “Hunter” claims of 1927 targeted mineralized quartz veins containing copper, gold and silver. Three tonnes were mined yielding 40 kg of copper, 933 grams of gold and 373 grams of silver. The “Western Copper” claims of 1928 targeted mineralized quartz-feldspar veins along a shear zone. The veins contained copper, silver and gold. 215 tonnes were mined yielding 30,812 kg of copper, 45,193 grams of silver and 5,319 grams of gold. Remnants of the old rail grade that was used to bring out the ore can still be seen in the Khutze River estuary. There is an old snow cat beside the Khutze River, on the south bank. It is unknown what this piece of abandoned equipment was used for.
The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Gitga’at and Kitasoo First Nations and is an important traditional use area for them. The conservancy contains one known archaeological site (pre-contact fish trap) and has historically been used for traditional food gathering, fishing and trapping by local First Nations. [Source]
We’ve seen bears on the beaches and up the creeks.
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Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: May 18, 2019