Spanning 17 million acres along Alaska's Southeast border with Canada the Tongass Forest is the world's largest and probably best example of a temperate rain forest. This forest has been created by the unique climatic conditions which exist when moist air from the Pacific strikes the coastal mountain ranges of the Northwest and deposits a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains.
This rain fall, as high as 12 feet per year creates an enviroment capable of producing 4 times as much bio mass as the typical tropical rain forest. This, along with the complex interaction between the Pacific currents and the forest watersheds has created an amazing abundance and variation of vegetation and land and marine wildlife.
Put this on top of glacial carved valleys, hundreds if not thousands of islands, bays and sheltered waterways remote from large population centers and you have the ideal conditions for fabulous fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.
he Naha Watershed is one of the premier recreational watersheds in Southeast Alaska and is is just minutes away from Naha Bay Outdoor Adventures. The area has significantly archeological and historic values. It has official recognition by the Forest Service as being "Outstandingly Remarkable" and is of local, national, and international importance. The area has significant intact old growth forests; the Tongass Timber Reform Act of 1990 protected the entire watershed in perpetuity. The Forest Service and others have recommended the Naha River for inclusion into the nation's Wild and Scenic River System.
The Naha River System has 4 lakes and six miles of improved hiking trails, five Forest Service cabins, two picnic areas, and a public dock. The area is outstanding for it's unfragmented wildlife habitat and a notable diversity and abundance of wildlife species. A bear viewing observatory is located at a falls along the trail.
This is truly a magical spot with qualities that indeed make it one of the most special areas within Southeast Alaska and ideal for your fishing, hiking and wildlife watching vacation.
Naha Bay was once the location of a summer camp of the Na'a adi's Tinglit clan. The Naha Bay camp was used for subsistence fishing and berry gathering over the summer to provide food for the winter. The town of Loring was first settled in 1883 when Salmon Packers and Fur Co. established a salmon saltery in Naha Bay. The Loring Post Office was opened in 1885. In 1888 Salmon Packers and Fur Co. sold the saltery to the Cutting Packing Company who biult a cannary in Loring.
In the 1890's the cannary became part of the Alaska Packer's Association, and became one of the largest cannaries in Alaska. Production continued right through the 1920's, but with declining salmon returns the cannary was closed and abandoned in 1930. The site was stripped with the timbers from Loring being used to biuld the growing nearby town of Ketchikan and a few remote cabins in and around Naha Bay.
In 1889 the Ancon paddle steamer ran aground on rocks in Loring. One of the passengers, Albert Bierstadt recorded the events whilst waiting for the next ship south, and later completed his work, "Wreck of the Ancon" which now hangs in the Boston Museum of Fine arts. The event was also reported in the New York Times on September 13th 1889. A second artist, C Eisele, also painted the event. The boilers of the Ancon wreck can still be seen at low tide in Loring, Naha Bay
After the closure of the cannary site in Naha Bay, Loring shrunk in size and today consists of a hand full of properties.