Tongass National Forest, National Geographic Magazine: Off-Road Mud Bog Race

Drivers of four wheeling, off-road vehicles compete while sliding through a slippery race course of muck at a weekend mud bogging contest on Prince of Wales Island.

When the timber industry took a downturn, the town of Naukati (population 150), was depressed and hired a consultant who advised them to have an annual festival.

After the Skunk Cabbage Festival was started, they added the mud bog and now that is the big draw for tourists and locals. Naukati Mud Bogg races are the largest off-road event in southeast Alaska. Drivers compete with each other to beat the clock as they drive through a water-logged muddy course.


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