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Prince of Wales Island is friendly, scenic, and beautiful. Here, 12 communities are surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, Native lands, and State lands. Prince of Wales Island, commonly called POW, is the third largest Island in the USA, among which Hawaii is the largest and Kodiak trails second.
There are places to go, people to meet, and things to do on our Island of variety. Prince of Wales Island’s annual, certified Marathon & Half-marathon held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend is a going concern. People from all over the United States come for this event. For the hikers, there are trails of various degree of difficulty. The USFS maintains many cabins, trails, boardwalks, and promenades with more opening each year.
The City of Craig is known for its cemetery trail – a walk in the past – dates back to the 1800’s, sports a meandering trail up small hills, around the bay where coastal birds may be viewed, through the forest, fit for family members of all ages, and at least in part – handicap accessible.
Coffman Cove is producer of the annual ‘By the Sea’ Arts & Seafood Festival held the second week of August and is rapidly gaining fame!
Hollis is home to the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, a 3-hour tour, daily ferry service, to & from Ketchikan, with meals and snacks available for purchase.
Klawock is a significant center of Tlingit culture with an annual celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich’s pioneering civil rights work on behalf of the Alaska Natives. Local carvers have masterfully carved replicas of the original totem poles from Tuxekan, the original winter village of the Heenya Kwaan people and erected them at Klawock Totem Park.
Hydaburg, village to the Haida Native is well-known for maintaining their traditional language, food-gathering, and preserving.
Kasaan sports the only standing Haida Whale House in the USA, and has completed extensive renovations in 2016. tours of Chief-Son-i-Hat's Whale House upon request. All welcome!
On the far, north-end of POW, Beaver Falls Karst Interpretive Trail, Cavern Lake Trail, and El Capital Caves make their homes. El Cap Caves are the largest known caves in Alaska, and the first cave in Alaska where fossil bones were discovered. The view of Kosciusko Island is breathtaking. USFS provides friendly & knowledgeable tour guides at regular intervals.
Naukati Bay was once a logging camp owned by Louisiana Pacific which was turned over to the State of Alaska and sold to residents to form a community. The Oyster Nursery raises oyster spat and sells them to oyster farms all over Alaska and now the USA.
Port Protection & Point Baker are two communities nestled on the northern tip of POW Island, minutes away from each other by skiff, and are not connected to any road system. Commercial fishing is the principal industry.
The ever-expanding City of Thorne Bay is home to commercial fishermen with its well-protected bay. The town is known for its natural, serene beauty, and easy-going people.
Whale Pass community boasts 22 households. Ancient Native fish traps and petroglyphs are seen at nearby salmon streams. Whale watching anyone?
Before visiting our BIG Island, read our annually-produced Island Guide to help you get the most out of your visit to friendly Prince of Wales Island. Visit our Web site at www.princeofwalescoc.org to download a copy of our Guide or call the Chamber office to request a copy mailed directly to you, free of charge anywhere in the United States. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm. Please, if you’re in town and need help after hours, phone us, and we’ll arrange a meeting time suitable to you!