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Surprise Cove State Marine Park



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    2240.42 acres

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Surprise Cove State Marine Park is located on the western side of the mouth of Cochrane Bay. There are many recreational opportunities and it is one of the most popular anchorages in western PWS. The park includes forested uplands and two large lakes draining into Surprise Cove. The uplands and muskeg throughout the park provide good exploratory hiking. A short trail to North Lake can be found starting at the head of the northern bight (around the point westward of the largest camping beach). A small orange triangle with a black "T" will mark the trail head next to a small creek. Abundant tide pool life can be found at Point Cochrane during minus tides.T

here are about seven camping sites on various terrains. The most popular site, which is protected from weather and on flat slate pebbles, is located above the gravel beach just inside the north entrance to the cove. Larger groups with kayaks or small motorboats often use the site, which has room for approximately 12 tents. Three tent platforms nest against the hillside here to offer scenic views and dryer camping pads. A small bear-proof locker and latrine are in the center of this beach.

Allowed Activities
Tent Camping

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Accessibility Description

Take the Seward Hwy South, exit Portage Glacier Road, stop at toll both. Proceed through Anton Anderson Tunnel to Whittier. Located on the western side of the mouth of Cochrane Bay. Boat or Float Plane access only.