Naha River Trail... Is that fish a Dolly?

Our camping spot near the lagoon. 

Our camping spot near the lagoon. 

Naha Bay is an 11 mile skiff ride northeast of Knudson Cove Marina. There is a state-owned dock to tie up to and a couple of picnic tables with fire pits about .2 miles from the dock at the outlet of Roosevelt Lagoon. The outlet can be a decent place to camp, of course being mindful of the tides.

Roosevelt Lagoon

Roosevelt Lagoon

 

A piece of the Naha River Trail.

A piece of the Naha River Trail.

The tidal end of the lagoon is really neat. As the tide is going out a rapid is created over the rocks as water rushes out. As the tide comes in, the rapid flattens out, eventually creating one flowing the opposite direction during more extreme tidal swings. It was an unexpected, and surprising, sight.

The hiking trail at Naha is about 6 miles and moderate. It's a relaxing hike along the Roosevelt Lagoon, Naha River, and two lakes, Jordan and Heckman.  The trail has a couple of very short climbs with long straightaways. It can be hairy in some places where maintenance is desperately needed. The trail is mostly a work of art as it winds through skunk cabbage patches and forest as a wooden boardwalk. A bridge crosses the Naha River providing a nice respite a little over halfway to Jordan Lake. The distance to Jordan Lake is approximately 4 miles.

Orton Ranch is a Baptist camp that lies about 2 miles into the hike. It looks as if it should be in a Scoobie Doo mystery, or a scary movie, as my fellow hikers described it. The moss hanging from the basketball hoop definitely tips it towards a creepy factor. It would be a good place for a haunted Halloween walk!

Orton Ranch

Orton Ranch

Jordan Lake is pristine with a small forest service cabin planted on its edge. A trumpeter swan floated lazily by, eagles soared above, and running water could be heard in the distance. It was paradise with no cell service! Had we known how amazing the cabin was we would have stayed there rather than camping near the dock.

Forest Service cabin at Jordan Lake.

Forest Service cabin at Jordan Lake.

Fishing ensued on Jordan Lake by the enthusiast among us. A rainbow trout was caught immediately. Later some others were caught, along with a possible Dolly Varden, which is still up for debate. One of the trout made for good tacos before heading back out on the trail. Eventually we made it back to the boat with about an hour to spare to get back to the marina. It was a good couple a days to be away from it all.

Todd's Dolly trout

Todd's Dolly trout