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Corner Bay Dock to Gilbert Bay SPB
(Added: 12.13.2014)

Route Notes

  • Download Flight Plan HERE
  • Suggested Altitude: 1200 Feet
  • Landing zone is: Water
  • Aircraft Type: Float or Amphibian
  • Distance approximately: 53 NM
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  • Scenery Needed: Tongass X, RTMM Docks

Route Overview

FROM: Corner Bay Dock
TO:
Gilbert Bay SPB


Leg: From Corner Bay Dock to Ward Creek
Initial Course:
Leg Distance:
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

You are positioned in Corner Bay at the Dock and you will now fly out into the Tenekee Inlet where you will turn to starboard to reach the open water of Chatam Straight. Fly to the center of the outlet when the shores are directly to your left and right, set a heading for 041 degrees and cross the Chatam Straight arriving at Ward Creek. (See Picture below for VFR).

  • Chatham Strait, or Shee ya xhaak in the Tlingit language, is a narrow passage of the Alexander Archipelago in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Alaska. It separates Chichagof Island and Baranof Island to its west from Admiralty Island and Kuiu Island on its east. It is 150 miles (240 km) long[1] and extends southward from the junction of Icy Strait and Lynn Canal to the open sea. The strait is deep and 5–16 km (3–10 miles) wide.
  • The meanings of the parts of the name in the Tlingit language for Chatham Strait are as follows: Shee, Baranof Island; Ya, face; Xhaak, Center. The southern part of the strait was named Ensenada del Principe in 1775 by Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. In 1786 La Perouse gave it the name Tschirikow Bay, and in 1789 the fur trader James Colnett named it Christian Sound. Other early fur traders called it Menzies Strait. It received its present name in 1794 when George Vancouver named it Chatham Strait in honor of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. Chatham Sound, farther south in British Columbia, was named by Vancouver for his son John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, whose brother William Pitt, was Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Leg: From Ward Creek to Peak Creek
Initial Course: 055 Degrees
Leg Distance: 14 NM
Leg Altitude:
2300 Feet

As you cross the shoreline, you will be approaching Ward Creek, Make a course correction to 055 (slightly starboard) and begin to follow the valley. Increase altitude to 2300 feet. The valley will fork, Ward Creek goes to starboard, at that point you should take the port fork. Continue to follow the valley. (see pic)

Continue to follow the valley as it winds its way across Admiralty Island. You will come to a bare (bald) peak to starboard and you will see water ahead. You are flying over Peak Creek. Follow it to the outfall. You are going to be flying to the starboard (right) side of Swan Island ahead. (See Pic) Passing the island, set a course of 024 direct to NACR Airport.

As you approach the water of the Seymour Canal you can decrease altitude to 1200 Feet.


Leg: From Swan Island to NACR Airport
Initial Course: 026 Degrees
Leg Distance: 5 NM
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

Past Swan Island, you are crossing the Seymour Canal and approaching the Glass Peninsula. The Randolph Peak Airport is on the other side of the island about 1 mile inland. You will be making a slight turn to starboard at the airport. (See Pic)


Leg: From NACR Airport to Port Snettisham Channel
Initial Course: 060 Degrees
Leg Distance: 7 NM
Leg Altitude: 1200

At the NACR Airport, alter your course a little to starboard to a heading of 060 degrees. You will fly across the Stephens Channel en route to the Snettisham Channel, about 7 miles ahead.

  • The entrance to Port Snettisham is on the northeast side of Stephens Passage, to the east of Admiralty Island, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Juneau and 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Canadian border to the east. The eastern shore to the north of Point Windham is a very large bay which is divided into two bays. The first bay is called the Holkham Bay and the other bay is named as Port Snettisham. Snettisham is an inland water way in the system of waterways in the partially protected system along the coasts of southeastern Alaska and Canada. It is a deep water bay which was proposed to be developed to facilitate transportation of magnetite.
  • The fiord has three branches. At the head of North Arm is Speel River, a swift-flowing stream which enters the Coast Range for a distance of 18 miles (29 km). The tributary to East Arm, a much shorter inlet, is Whiting River, traversing the mountain system for 35 miles (56 km), though not crosscutting it. This river is navigable in small boats for about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the mud flats at its mouth. At the head of South Arm are extensive flats which are bare at low water for a distance of 1 mile (1.6 km), and back of these is a low valley 5 miles (8.0 km) in length connecting with Holkham Bay. From the shore line, the land rises abruptly to peaks reaching heights of 4,000–6,000 feet (1,200–1,800 m). The Snettisham Peninsula, a promontory with peaks averaging 2,500 feet (760 m) in elevation, is connected with the mainland by a low pass less than 100 feet (30 m) above tide level. Snettisham post office is situated on the north end of this peninsula and 3 miles (4.8 km) inside the entrance to Port Snettisham.

As you approach the Snettisham Fjord, alter your course to fly to the far point on the starboard shoreline.


Leg: From Snettisham Channel to Gilbert Bay SPB
Initial Course: 042 Degrees
Leg Distance: 5 NM
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet
To Landing Configuration

Fly to the point of land on the starboard shore of this channel. At that point of land, you will be taking a 90 degree turn to starboard to enter Gilbert Bay.

The Gilbert Bay SPB is at the far end of Gilbert Bay. As you enter Gilbert Bay, move into landing configuration. If you have an amphibian, there is a (narrow) landing strip with facilities at the far end. You can also land in the water, put your gear down and taxi out of the water (the channel is marked) up onto the dirt road and runway that leads to the facilities. (See Pic)

Welcome to Gilbert Bay

  • Gilbert Bay is a bay located in Juneau county Alaska in the United States of America. It is at 57.9763889 latitude and -133.7230556 longitude. Gilbert Bay is at an elevation of 0 ft (0 m). The USGS map that contains this location is titled "Sumdum D-6".
  • Named in 1930 by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) for Charles Henry Gilbert, 1859-1928, ichthyologist. As head of the Department of Zoology of Stanford University he rendered service to agencies in California and British Columbia. It has been stated that "no one has contributed more to our scientific knowledge of the salmon fisheries of Alaska than Dr. Gilbert."