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Meyers Chuck, AK

Meyers Chuck is a charming settlement, located about 35nm north of Ketchikan on the eastern shore of Clarence Strait. A large public dock usually has plenty of room for visitors, though no services, and there’s also room for several boats to anchor in the bay. 

Enter Meyers Chuck carefully. The channel is well-charted and well-marked but narrow. Navionics charts show several rocks that don’t exist, so we recommend referencing the official NOAA charts. Keep the green buoy “3” to port when entering, starboard when exiting. Once past the buoy and marker, don’t stray north into the shoals. When Clarence Strait is rough, the entrance looks narrow, rocky, and intimidating.

The dock is first-come, first-served. Fees are reasonable and by the honor system, though some local residents grumble since the fees are collected by Wrangell and moorage was, until recently, free. If mooring on the inside of the dock, stay close to the dock since the bottom shoals rapidly towards shore. Locals are friendly and if the dock is full someone usually offers to raft.

Ashore, trails lead through the woods past quirky summer cabins. A small gallery is open by appointment. Meyers Chuck has a (tiny) US Post Office, and the postmaster, Cassie, also bakes delicious cinnamon rolls. She takes orders on the dock many evenings and delivers them around 7:00 a.m. the following morning. 

Lat/Lon: {55.74018459731597,-132.25674824836995}

Facilities/Services:

Anchorage/Holding: Good
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: Yes
Protection: Good
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: Poor
WiFI: No
Notes:

Slow AT&T cell service

Slowboat Tips and Activities

Walk the trails or dinghy/kayak around “town”

 

Entry/Exit Hazards

Enter Meyers Chuck carefully. The channel is well-charted and well-marked but narrow. Navionics charts show several rocks that don’t exist, so we recommend referencing the official NOAA charts. Keep the green buoy “3” to port when entering, starboard when exiting. Once past the buoy and marker, don’t stray north into the shoals. 

Photo Gallery

History

Wildlife

Be bear aware on shore. And alert for giant slugs on the trail.

 

Last update of this page: Apr 14, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: May 29, 2018

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