Karta River Wilderness

A view in Karta River Wilderness

Karta River Wilderness is a 39,889-acre property on Prince of Wales Island. The wilderness area extends from the shores of Karta Bay through the drainage of the Karta River system. Included are two large lakes: Salmon and Karta Lakes. The area was burned around 1900 but the second growth forest of cedar, hemlock and spruce averages about 60 feet in height.

The Karta River area is most famous for the size of its salmon runs but there are also black bear, black-tailed deer, beavers, wolves, minks, otters, martens and weasels in the woods. The 5-mile Karta River Trail is an established trail that follows the river through the wilderness area to Salmon Lake.

Map of the Karta River wilderness area