Founded in 1868 / Incorporated 1929
Population est. 850 / City Hall 907-755-2261
Photo by Jon Bolling
In 1934, Klawock received federal funds for a cannery. In 1971 Alaska Timber Corp. built a sawmill. Soon after, Klawock-Heenya Corp.,Shaan-Seet Corp. of Craig and Sealaska Timber Corp. built a log-sort yard outside of Klawock and a deep-water dock on Klawock Island.
Klawock is a significant center of Tlingit culture, with an annual celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich's pioneering Native-rights work. The totem park has restored totem poles, replicas from old Tuxekan Village and 11 new poles. A celebration was held in 2011 and five new poles were added. There is a Heritage Center, a long house and a carving shed on the Hollis Highway at the edge of town.
The only airstrip on Prince of Wales Island is near the town. Klawock has a small-boat harbor. A boat launch ramp is north of the cannery. A deep-draft dock on Klawock Island is Primarily used for loading timber.