South Misty has probably always been one of the least inhabited of our 22 biogeographic provinces. Even tiny Hyder is so far up K’ahna.àan (Portland Canal) that it falls in North Misty. Due to sparsity of friendly beaches, and distance from community centers, it’s even one of the least visited. But South Misty Province has a royal history for Taant’a and Sanyaa Kwáan Tlingit, rising mutely in back of this thumbnail ‘trophy shot,’ Harriman expedition dignitaries playfully looted artifacts deemed “abandoned” at Gàash, powder (Kirk Point)

Compared to its neighbor North Misty Province, South Misty has gentler topography, fewer glaciers and nearly twice as much estuary and productive old growth (34%). All of these contribute to greater habitat suitability and connectivity for most wildlife species. Warmest of the mainland provinces, South Misty is predominantly in the low and intermediate snow zones, while other mainland provinces lie mostly in the very deep zone. Rainfall is high, and coastal portions are lashed by storms from Dixon Entrance.

Southeast over Gàash, location of the Cape Fox village (not to be confused with “Cape Fox” itself, 15 miles south). Photo by Alaska Shorezone.