Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Tankjd

Planning a trip

Recommended Posts

So I have been doing a lot of research and am planning a trip to Alaska the summer of 2010. I have some question for you guys that have been up there. I am planning on driving and was wondering if I need to bring a boat. I have a 14' aluminum and was wondering if this would work?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've made a few trips up, but never driven. A little more info...14 ft. deep V I assume? How big a motor? From your research so far, where do you plan on going in AK? What do you want to fish? Rivers, lakes? It's a big state with endless possibilities, as you're finding out! I can tell you this; I go to the Kenai peninsula, as it's easy to get to and has lots of variety. But it IS busy. Would I take a "MN" 14 footer? Maybe, but most of the fishing I've done there (and want to do) is in rivers, many of which they use jet drive motors on. The kenai is fine for outboards, but a tough egg to crack for a total rookie. I'd do it myself, but I've been on at least 20 Kenai charters over the years, and I still realize it would be a steep learning curve. LOTS of boats, tight quarters, lots of guys making thier living off a short season, so their paitence with rookies gets tested often. I know there are fisheries i up there that a 14 would likely work OK for, but i don't know about them specifically. It'll be interesting to see what others say.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would leave the boat at home unless it is a deep V and you'll be there most of the summer. There are not too many lakes with public access simply because roads don't go there. As traveler said, the Kenai area is good but take his advice and don't try the Kenai River blindly. That said, if you want to hit some lakes for trout you would be fine as long as the weather is decent. Most lakes that have access are large and can get windswept pretty easily with the gusts and winds winding thru the mountains. I have been on salt water with boats that big with no problem depending on the wind. I have driven the Al-Can many times and you won't have a problem pulling the boat. If it were me I would bring it if it were saltwater worthy and if I were there for at least a month.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Here are a couple of pics of ducks nesting in tree cavities. We have a goldeneye and a hooded merganser. 
    • Spring is exploding right into summer across Wisconsin. You would never know that just three weeks ago the Northwoods was covered with ice and snow. Memorial Day weekend kicks of the unofficial start to summer and many of the reservable campsite at state parks and forests are booked. The best remaining camping opportunities can be found in the non-reservable campsites in northern state forests. The lower Wisconsin River continues to run high, but there were signs of sandbars beginning to emerge in some areas as water slowly drops.Universe in the Park astonomy program begins this weekend with program at Blue Mound and Kohler-Andrae state parks.Photo credit: UW-Madison Dept. of AstronomyFields and forests have greened up, and regular rains have kept fire danger low to moderate across most of the state with just a few areas still in high fire danger. Through the spring fire season 639 wildfires burned 1,800 acres; 53 structures were destroyed and another 441 were threatened, but saved.Wisconsin's northern zone musky season opens this Saturday and spring fish assessments are showing they won't be disappointed with what they find, with many fish over 40 inches netted and released. .
    • P. S. Seasoning has a Memorial Say sale of 20% off everything plus free shipping on orders over $30.
    • Definitely blacks.  I haven't hit my blacks spot yet but matbe this weekend. 
    • Had a decent breeze last night so wasn't too bad.  
    • I would be out a morning or two if I still had the tag.   Afternoons must be a sauna in a blind.   We hunted in shorts and t-shirts in early May and were still hot when afternoon temps reached around 82 - 85 degrees.
    • Remember to get those birds entered!  I know there are more out there.
    • Well wondering if anyone is going to be out in the heat for the last turkey season.  I was out last night and just needed a nice strutter to get a bit closer.   I moved the blind to his entry/exit point.   He didn't want to follow the hen when she walked by my blind twice.   He stayed on the high ground in the field. Hoping for better results.
    • Game 6 of Caps and Lightning was fun to watch, even though the lightning got shut out.  Ove was a beast, really fun to watch him play like that.   Good for the Caps, I think they can nuetralize the speed of Vegas, they have some hard hitters on the team.  Hopefully Ove can kiss the cup.
    • Vegas vs Caps, we all saw that coming.