Prince of Wales Island Travel Guide

  • Red River mouth into Red Bay
    Red River mouth into Red Bay
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    Log Rafts
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    Red River mouth into Red Bay

    by toddecus Updated Oct 14, 2011

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    One awesome, if not somewhat challenging to reach, place to fish is the mouth of Red Bay on the northern most side of Prince of Wales Island. When we were there (August 7-14th) we had already missed the sock eye salmon coming up and saw mostly Dolly Varden and Pink Salmon.

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    Prince of Wales Island

    by mcpangie Written Jan 28, 2004

    This should be a must-see activity... You must see Prince of Wales from the air. Looking at the myriad coves and islands, the blue of the ocean, the green of the Tongass National Forest, it's a nice way to get around.

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    Waiting on the Dock in Hollis, Alaska

    by mcpangie Updated Dec 22, 2003

    When I lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, a few times I rode the ferry over to Prince of Wales, Island. But the easiest way to get there is via floatplane.

    There is a mountain pass that separate Hollis (where the ferry docks) from Craig & Klawock & Hydaburg on the other side of Prince of Wales Island. In the winter the weather conditions stop the planes, and rather than fly all the way around the island Taquan Air will pick you up in a van and drive you across the mountains.

    I took this picture of one snowy day waiting at the dock in Hollis. Just in case you are wondering, the plane is a DeHavilland Beaver and if you like roller coasters you won't mind landing on a windy day, otherwise, take the ferry.

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    Naukati Bay

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 26, 2004

    Naukati (Naukati Bay) is a tiny town on Prince of Wales Island that is so "off the beaten path" that it isn't a destination on VT. As you can see from the pictures I took of the log rafts and the little tug boat, Naukati is used as a transfer station for other logging camps on Prince of Wales Island.

    There aren't any big tourist attractions. In fact, there are only a little over 100 people, mostly people who make a living due to logging in some way unless they are a teacher. But it's a pretty little spot on Prince of Wales. Driving around on the Island on the logging roads (which is a good way to see the island) is about the only way you'd come in contact with the town.

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    Tiny Building On Log Raft

    by mcpangie Written Jan 25, 2004

    Favorite thing: This picture was taken near sundown, the sun made everything dark. But I thought it was interesting how people hang out and do things on these log rafts.

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    Logging in the Tongass

    by mcpangie Written Jan 25, 2004

    Favorite thing: Since I left Ketchikan, the cut back on logging and complete shut down of pulp production has drastically hurt the economy in that area.

    There are lots and lots of trees in the Tongass National Forest. Does this clear cut look all that bad? The trees grow so fast in Southeast Alaska due to the rain that this clear cut is probably as green as the surrounding forest just a few years later. Yet there are loggers with no jobs.

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