Nahwitti River

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Nahwitti River
Nahwitti River, Photo By Bud Logan

There are excellent cutthroat and sea-run dolly fishing in the Nahwitti River, and during the late winter, early spring months, there is a run of steelhead. The lower portion of the watershed is hard to reach, you can get there by boat or just fight your way through the brush. There is a trail that runs from Shushartie Bay that crosses the river by cable car, there is some access here. The North Island Trail starts in Shusharti Bay and runs all the way to San Josef Bay, you can catch a water taxi from port hardy that will take you to the trailhead. The upper portion is much easier to reach and can be accessed through Holberg. The Nawitti River flows from Nahwitti lake until it joins the Pacific north of Shushartie Bay.

Nahwitti River
Nahwitti River, Photo By Bud Logan

This is a wilderness area and its full of wildlife, you could see wolves, cougars, black bears, blacktail deer, roosevelt elk, raccoons, squirrels, pine martins and many kinds of birds. I am always amazed at the variety of wildflowers on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. So when you visit, don`t forget to bring your camera.

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