Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake

Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake

Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake
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Gillian E
Ketchikan, AK2 contributions
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I am biased - I live here, and the island, known simply to locals as Revilla is an adventure playground. Ketchikan is the main town and with 26 miles of road it forms a small enclave of people while the rest of the island remains free of major settlements. The Misty Fjords National Monument claims the east side of the island and the US Forest Service maintains cabins and row boats for rent for people wishing to fly into them for a wilderness getaway.
The island is really exceptional to explore by boat, kayak or sea plane. I have all three and spend my summers in the outback enjoying the heck out of life. One of my best trips was a three week paddling trip circumnavigating the island. It has a lot to offer, a bear obsevertory, hot springs, rainforest trails, fjords, lakes and oh yes, lovely trout fishing. It is about 120 miles to circumnavigate and if you have good paddling skills this is a fantastic trip.
Chartering a seaplane to take you to a wilderness lake is another fun weekend. Close lakes, and therefore cheaper because of less flight time, are Heckman Lake, Patching Lake, Ella and Manzanita. Manzanita Lake cabin will leave you breathless.
However there is a health warning! You may fall in love with this land and end up like me, hopelessly in love still ten years later.
Written 16 January 2005
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Bob H
Forestville, CA118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Most people either visit Ketchikan only when their cruise ship stops there, or go to take advantage of the salmon and halibut fishing opportunities. We went to visit family and explore the island a bit. It did not disappoint! From the hikes at Ward Lake, Lamonna Lake, and Settler's Cove, to the spawning salmon and black bears at Herring Cove, to the plane ride to Misty Fjords National Monument, to some exciting halibut fishing, Revilla (as the locals call it) and Ketchikan was great fun
As Californians, we were also pleased that we missed much of the area's 160 inches of annual rainfall. We got to enjoy the lushness and the views without getting drenched. It's a great place to spend a week in August!
Written 6 September 2012
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BruceJ32406
Fountain Valley, CA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Couples
From the downtown area, one can drive north 18 miles to the end of the road to view the bay and other nature places. Driving south from the downtown, one can drive 13 miles until the end of the road where you can view secluded coves and other nature place. The drive was enjoyable and relaxing with the scenery breath taking. If you have a rental car, taking a drive around the island is worth taking.
Written 28 June 2016
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Annie F
Snohomish, WA55 contributions
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Sept 2014 • Couples
This island is totally awesome. It sits on the edge of Tongass National Forest. It is so loverly -- the trees on one side, the bay on the other -- so peaceful, calming, and soothing. I totally recommend that people visit this island [where the cities of Ketchikan and Saxman are located]
Written 27 September 2014
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Head out to Ward for a lovely trail walk. Hope for a sunny day! South on the road go to Rotary -Buggy Beach. Interesting stones/ rocks. Herring Cove will have salmon and bears.
Written 25 August 2014
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DontSayMyName
Dallas, Texas, United States13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
We rented motorcycles (Panhandle Motorcycle Adventures) and did a trip around the island - actually, back and forth since there is no "around". The lake in the interior is worth a gander. Drop in on Herring Cove to see some salmon making there way up the river. And at the other end, wind along the roads to Totem Bight and the marina.
Written 18 August 2014
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Lewis D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Alaska seaplane tours took us on a misty fjords seaplane tour that was out of this world. Ryan was our pilot and he was as cool as Humphrey Bogart on the African queen flying us into gods country. One of the best experiences of my life.
Written 2 May 2017
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Suchig06
New Delhi, India604 contributions
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June 2016 • Family
The is the main island (no bridge connectivity with other islands but has excellent road network, bus service (students pay 0.50), super scenic, peaceful and safe. Hike, Walk, take a bus, ride a bike - it does not matter for it is beautiful rain forest everywhere. Ferry connects to the airport (carries cars). I personally find the air and water are very suitable. Wooden walkways are so attractive, comfortable and safe.

4 docks for cruise ships, lots of restaurants (fresh fish, beers etc), shops & stores and 4 grocery stores. Almost everything is expensive especially groceries.
Local natives plus cultural diversity are all over the inhabited area. No snakes or reptiles. Local residents are friendly, lively and helpful.

Natural attractions and activities include Creek Street along Salmon Creek, Deer mountain, Dude mountain, Ward lake, Totems, Silver King Lodge & Sea feast, George Inlet, zip lines, adventure karts, light house and float plane/boat ride to Misty Fjords. Wild life is interesting and worth the time, money and energy.

Weather is interesting and this is THE ONLY ISLAND WHICH IS TRULY ENJOYABLE WHEN it RAINS!! Rain is generally a pleasant sprinkle and one can comfortably walk and run. Bike pass allows walkers to walk safely. North and South of the island are very different. Explore to experience yourself.
I have met numerous people who have been coming here as visitors on cruise ships and seasonal workers for over a decade. Been to many other islands across countries but Ketchikan is surely incomparable.
Written 18 June 2016
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Joe S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2014 • Couples
Whats not to like, Revillagigedo is a fun place to live. we got Fishing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, bush planes, zip lines, motorcycle and bike and SUV rentals, We got it all but snow lol. RAINCITY!!!
Written 18 July 2014
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cathleenpuyallup
Puyallup3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012
Beautiful scenery.Nice clean beaches with bald eagles.
Written 9 April 2012
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