Population est. 495 / City Hall 907-828-3380
Thorne Bay is on eastern Prince of Wales Island. It's linked by 59 miles of paved road to the ferry terminal in Hollis and 36 miles of blacktop to Klawock. Visitors can also fly into Thorne Bay from Ketchikan on several floatplane services
The town rests on gentile hills overlooking its namesake bay, where Alaska Natives made homes centuries ago. Thorne Bay residents take pride in their beautiful surroundings.
Employees of the Ketchikan Pulp Co. brought their floating logging camp to shore in Thorne Bay from Hollis, in 1961. The community was known as the world's largest logging camp for several years. In 1982, state land sales gave residents the opportunity to incorporate the city. Thorne Bay is governed by a mayor and city council.
Visitors entering on the main road find an unique welcome sign housed in "the claw" one of the worlds largest log-handling grapples. The plaza includes plaques and a city map directing visitors to retail businesses offering clothing, gifts, gas, groceries, hardware, liquor, marine supplies, fishing tackle, propane, and appliances.
Services in the community include a boat harbor with a launch, boat grid, public restroom and shower facilities, and daily floatplane service. Medical facilities, EMS via 911, and several churches serve the community. A U.S. post office and the U.S. Forest Service Thorne Bay Ranger District office are in the city. A community map is available at businesses in town and is on the Thorne Bay Businesses Association's web site at www.thornebayalaska.net. The city of Thorne Bay posts civic information at www.thornebay-ak.gov.
Fishing, clamming, and beach combing are close by in Naukati Bay, up the Thorne River, and off Sandy Beach Road. Overnight accommodations are available at bed and breakfast facilities, lodges, and the city's RV park. Visitors can rent a car or boat, or charter fish from Thorne Bay.
Thorne Bay is the access point for popular USFS maintained Balls Lake, Gravely Creek, and Sandy Beach picnic areas, along with Eagles Nest Campground. An archeologically significant 5,360 year old spruce root basket- "Thorne River Basket," was found in the estuary of the Thorne River, in 1994, and is preserved in the Alaska State Museum, Juneau.