Sumdum Routes & Trips
The motor yacht Sumdum is home based in Alaska’s first City, Ketchikan. Ketchikan is an ideal starting point for an Alaskan adventure and less than two hours by plane from Seattle on scheduled airlines. We can also customize the starting and ending points to any port in Southeast, Alaska. Sumdum is also an Authorized Concessioner in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, (www.nps.gov/glba).
Our trips are designed for action, for providing an experience totally unlike those offered by cruise liners. The Sumdum means the difference between observing Alaska or becoming totally involved.
Our charters are customized to the desires and objectives of our clients. Using our knowledge to meet those objectives is our goal. Pre-booking contact with Captain Bob is encouraged to ensure the route chosen best meets your desires and needs. Most trips are action oriented (fishing, crabbing, shrimping, beach combing, hiking, photography and kayaking in pristine estuaries) rather than just cruising. The point is to experience this untouched wilderness in its primitive form and dine on natures daily bounty of fresh caught seafoods.
Each month offers something different to the sportsman and conservationist alike. Trout are available in early May, King Salmon in late May to early July and Coho salmon in late July through September. Fly fishing in remote streams and lakes, many accessible only by boat or float plane, usually begins in July. Halibut, crab and shrimp are available all season. Salmon spawning and related bear watching is best mid July to mid September. Cruising to ice filled fjords around Juneau, with associated whale watching can be arranged.
Misty Fjords National Monument
Our most popular trip features a Ketchikan departure for an entire circumnavigation of Revillagigedo Island. Visit every spectacular spot within the Misty Fjords National Monument. From towering 3,000 foot fjords with cascading waterfalls to intimate bear viewing and wildlife encounters.
Other Features include the Historic Kasaan Native Village and Monumental Artwork of the Haida Indians. Fish for salmon off the Southern end of Prince of Wales Islands and Duke Island. And a day soaking in the amazing hotsprings of Lake Shelokum.
Ketchikan - Juneau
The Ketchikan/Juneau route allows our guests to experience a bit of everything Southeast Alaska’s inside passage has to offer. This trip combines exquisite bear viewing as well as cruising through ice filled waters to glaciers, interrupted by majestic interludes with Humpback whales feeding the rich waters of the north. A brief port call in the fishing community of Petersburg is fun for all to catch a glimpse of rural Alaska life. We also offer the opportunity to fish for halibut or salmon along the way, as well as crab and shrimp fishing for fresh table fare.
Juneau - Sitka Route A
The Juneau/Sitka A route encompasses the raw beauty of the icy glacier waters of the Sumdum region along with the abundance of sea life along the way. Whales and sea lions are common seafarers we encounter transiting the coast of Admiralty Island National Monument, home to the largest population of coastal brown bears. Jagged peaks of Baranof Island punctuate the pristine waters of Chatham Sound and Peril Straits as we make our way to Sitka. Sitka by the sea has indigenous Tlingit influences as well as Russian Orthodox ministries left behind after the purchase of Alaska. This trip, as well as all the others, allows the opportunity to catch a halibut or salmon along the way as well as crab and shrimp fishing for fresh table fare.
Juneau - Sitka Route B
The “B” side of the Juneau/Sitka route is for the seasoned group with a desire to experience much more remote reaches of the outer coast. Coastal hot springs along the way make for a memorable experience surrounded by excellent fishing grounds with ocean vistas and landscapes. This itinerary is an experience few have a chance to enjoy. While there is some open water crossing, most is fairly protected cruising. This trip as well as all the others allows the opportunity to catch a halibut or salmon along the way as well as crab and shrimp fishing for fresh table fare. Call Captain Bob for more details if you are interested in this option – he has many days of experience out there.
Ketchikan - Sitka A & B
Ketchikan/Sitka A route is a seven day trip exploring the lower reaches of Southeast without the glacier cruising but with more of the fishing potential and remote anchorages. We can offer a glacier side trip with additional time on the charter if desired. Bears, whales, and eagles are interspersed throughout the trip. This trip as well as all the others allows the opportunity to catch a halibut or salmon along the way as well as crab and shrimp fishing for fresh table fare.
The “B” side of the Ketchikan/Sitka route is transiting the coastal portion of Southern Baranof Island Wilderness and making an ocean adventure of a lifetime. Weather plays a big part in this trip but can reward the traveler with unmatched experiences that resonate within. Half of this trip is protected inside waters and can have little or no wave activity. This trip as well as all the others allows the opportunity to catch a halibut or salmon along the way as well as crab and shrimp fishing for fresh table fare. Call Captain Bob for more details if you are interested in this option – he has many days of experience out there.