Roller Bay, Noyes Island

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Roller Bay, Noyes Island

by | May 27, 2020

Roller Bay is about 2.5 miles (4 km) wide and located on the west coast of Noyes Island, 80 miles (129 km) west-northwest of Ketchikan and 23 miles (37 km) west-northwest of Craig, Alaska. The descriptive name was given in 1923 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey because the bay is exposed to squalls and rolling waves from the ocean. The northern part of Roller Bay is named Lagoma Bay.

Noyes Island is about 7 miles (11 km) across, located in the Gulf of Esquibel off the west coast of Prince of Wales Island. Noyes Island was named in 1879 by William Healey Dall of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for William M. Noyes who was stationed in Alaska from 1873 to 1880. The island is within the Tongass National Forest. A large sea cave named Puffin Grotto is at Cape Addington, about 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Roller Bay. The main entrance is 100 feet (30 m) wide and 50 feet (15 m) high, and several smaller entrances are connected by a series of archways. The cave is carved in marble and was formed primarily by wave action and secondarily by dissolution.

The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 16.7 million acres (6,758,256 ha). Most of its area is part of the temperate rain forest and is remote enough to be home to many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna. The Tongass is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and encompasses most of the islands in the Alexander Archipelago of Southeast Alaska. The lands are administered from offices in Ketchikan, and the nearest local ranger district office to Noyes Island is located in Craig. Read more here and here. Explore more of Noyes Island here:

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