Old Mining Equipment Photograph by T Buoy 
Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce Welcomes You To Our Friendly & Scenic Prince of Wales Island! 2015 Prince of Wales Visitor Guide is posted on web site!

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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 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 Inter-Island Ferry Authority, a daily ferry service to & from Ketchikan. 

Klawock carvers have newly erected 21 totem poles carved by local carvers and replicated from originals in their maiden home- Tuxekan. 

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. Tours are available upon request. 

On the far, north-end of POW, Beaver Falls Karst Interpretive Trail, Cavern Lake Trail, and El Capitan 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. 

Port Protection & Point Baker are two local unincorporated communities on POW Island and are easily accessible by floatplane or skiff. Commercial fishing is the principal industry for both.

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 at 907-755-2626 to request a copy mailed directly to you, free of charge. 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!