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Tongass National Forest (Ketchikan)

Margaret Creek Fish Ladder
Margaret Creek Fish Ladder - Located 26 mile north of Ketchikan in Margaret Bay/ Traitors Cove. From July through October, numerous steelhead, coho, sockeye and pink salmon move upstream through this fish ladder. During this time, black bear viewing is outstanding from the observation platform at the top of the ladder. What a great place to watch a bear fish! In August, during the peak of the pink run, as many as 10 bears may be feeding on the adult salmon above and below the fish ladder. The trail head that leads to the viewing platform is located on an existing road, approximately one mile from saltwater at Margaret Bay.

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When walking the trail please use extreme caution and make your presence known with noise! Like humans, black bears also use this trail for access to the creek where the fish ladder is located.

Silvis Lake Picnic Area
Silvis Lake Picnic Area - Includes 2 picnic tables and 1 fire ring at Lower Silvis Lake. Picnic area is located 1 mile up John Mountain Trail (#722) from the trailhead parking at the Beaver Falls Power House. Hike in access only.

Ward Lake Recreation Area
Ward Lake Recreation Area - 8 miles north of Ketchikan on Ward Lake Road. Recreation area consists of 2 drive-in campgrounds (Signal Creek - 24 units, and Three C's - 4 units), Ward Lake Group Day Use Area, Grassy Point Picnic Area, and Ward Lake Nature Trail (#739). This area is adjacent to hiking trails, and lake and stream fishing. Camping units are available for a $8.00 nightly fee. Advance reservations can be made for designated sites in Signal Creek Campground by calling 1-800-280-CAMP (TDD: 1-800-879-4496). All unreserved sites are available on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Naha Trailhead Picnic Area
Naha Trailhead Picnic Area - Includes picnic shelter, picnic table on bluff, outhouse, and 1 mile loop trail to Roosevelt Lagoon. Black bears fishing in stream near picnic shelter are very common and have been known to relieve picnickers of their lunches. Use caution.

Swan Lake Picnic Area
Swan Lake Picnic Area - Picnic shelter on the scenic shores of Swan Lake. Accessed by 2 mile hike on Swan Lake Trail (#735).

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