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By Dan Rudy 

Stikine River hot spring tubs renovated


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The sheltered tub at the Chief Shakes Hot Springs got a facelift this summer. Waterlogged cedar supports were replaced with concrete foundations, and a new roof was put on as part of a Forest Service maintenance project. Additional work improved the decking at the outside tub to the east.

Repairs to public sites at the Stikine River's popular hot springs have been completed.

Located on the mainland some 28 miles northwest of Wrangell, the Chief Shakes Hot Springs flow into a slough off of Ketilli Slough. The United States Forest Service(USFS) maintains a pair of recreational tubs there which have long been a destination for locals on both sides of the Stikine's delta flats.

"It is the most popular spot on the river," said Bob Dalrymple, ranger for Wrangell's USFS district.

One of the two tubs is set inside a screened cedar structure, with a layout reminiscent of Japanese arc...

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