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The Wrangell Narrows are the along the inland passage between Wrangell Island and Petersberg on Mitkoff Island. We were dining on the Columbia, one of the few boats of the Alaska State Ferry system that has a formal dining room. Suddenly I noticed that the channel seemed very narrow. I raced outside with my camera to capture this shot of the place where the channel narrows to 300’/91m. Although the ferry is 100’/30m wide, I thought we would surely strike one of the buoys. Actually not long after we passed through, a smaller ferry, the Kennicott, did go aground. If you have good eyes, you can pick out this Bed & Breakfast on Kupreanoff Island (Pop 50) The right side of the channel is Mitkoff Island where Petersberg is located.

If you're planning a trip to Southeast Alaska, consider the Alaska State Ferry. I’ll post a map of the ferry system in the WS. You can plan ahead and get a stateroom for longer sections, such as Bellingham, WA to Ketchikan or Port Hardy, BC to Prince Rupert, BC. You can also go at the last minute and pitch your tent on the deck or you can sleep in a tilt back chair or on the floor in the lounge. On two trips up the Marine highway, I've tried most of these ways, (except the tent).

Even without a car, I think the ferry is vastly preferable to a cruise ship because you can get off and visit an area until the next ferry comes; generally a couple of days. Of course with some of those cruise ship deals, a cruise ship might be cheaper but then you're stuck exploring with literally thousands of other tourists.

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