In the frigid waters of Icy Strait these scenic islands break the ocean's surface near the entrance to Glacier Bay. Pleasant Island, the easternmost, lays fairly flat and forested with muskegs; its highest point, The Knob, is at approximately 600 feet. At least two of the island's lakes and three of its streams hold fresh water. Alaskans hunt deer and gather other foods with success here, only about two miles from the City of Gustavus across Icy Passage and easily accessible by boat. Of the islands, only Pleasant was left unaffected by the glacial advances that occurred less than two centuries ago; today it provides a valuable area for comparative research in Glacier Bay. Lemusurier Island, the next island west, reaches 2,180 feet above the sea, stands covered in trees and muskegs, contains streams and small lakes, and is home to deer. It's a longer boat ride to Lemusurier, but good anchorage awaits in Willoughby Cove on the southeastern shoreline. Several dots of land make up the Inian Islands, westernmost of the Wilderness. A short distance north of the Inian Peninsula of Chichagof Island and picturesque Elfin Cove, the Inians rise to about 1,000 feet on the largest island. Substantial tree cover provides habitat for deer. Recreational use of this Wilderness is on the rise, especially sea kayaking and hunting. Go prepared for wet weather and wet ground. A Forest Service System trail leads from Jacks Cove to a scenic lake on Lemesurier Island.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Pleasant/Lemusurier/Inian Islands Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Tongass Timber Reform Act - Public law 101-626 (11/28/1990) To amend the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, to protect certain lands in the Tongass National Forest in perpetuity, to modify certain long-term timber contracts, to provide for protection of riparian habitat, and for other purposes