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The Sights

America’s third largest island rewards visitors with expansive opportunities to explore and experience some of the most beautiful sights and encounters in the nation.

The history runs deep with the success of pioneering loggers, fishermen and miners- along with the rich legacy of three Alaska Native tribes on Prince of Wales Island.

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The Sights

America’s third largest island rewards visitors with expansive opportunities to explore and experience some of the most beautiful sights and encounters in the nation.

The history runs deep with the success of pioneering loggers, fishermen and miners- along with the rich legacy of three Alaska Native tribes on Prince of Wales Island.

Book Now with the Welcome Inn Bed & Breakfast

The Culture

Experience the Alaska Native culture through the breathtaking Northwest Coast Native artwork reflected in tall totems. Art and Artists have always been an integral part of their way of life as it is a pathy way to preserve their cultural legacy.

Experience the culture of the Alaska Native tribes on the island, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. The island’s tribes welcome visitors and residents to enjoy and take part in their culture, through song, story, dancing, drumming and carving, to keep the culture alive.

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SCENIC BYWAYS

View Alaska’s Best Qualities
A Link Between Communities

There are more than 100 miles of paved roads that connect the major communities, and stretch from the shoreline to the mountains. More than 260 miles of the road system are considered part of the Alaska Scenic Byway.

Ask the Welcome Inn about their Truck Rental.

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FISHING & HUNTING

World-Class Fishing & Hunting
The Local Catch

Some of Alaska’s best fishing is on and around Prince of Wales Island. Catch all five species of salmon through spring and summer and find dungeness crab all over Southeast Alaska in shallower nearshore waters.

Fishing licenses are available from sporting goods stores, fuel sellers, some lodges and online at admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license.

Where the Wild Things Are

Prince of Wales Island is known to be a world-class hunting destination featuring a robust population of Sitka black-tailed deer and large black bears. Deer Season runs August through December. Black Bear Season is September 1st to June 30th.

Permits are required for nonresident hunters.

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WILDLIFE VIEWING

Abundant Wildlife Sightings
From Wolves to Killer Whales

Don’t forget to pack your zoom lense and binoculars when traveling through Alaska. Expect to see Harbor Seals, River Otters, Sitka Black Tailed Deer, Black Bear, Orcas or Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, and sometimes the mischievous mink or alexander archipelago wolves. Remember these animals are federally protected.

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HIKING & BACKPACKING

Explore the Tongass
Hike The Trails

Choose from over 24 different trails on Prince of Wales Island, ranging in difficulty and walk time, but all offering beautiful sights of Southeast Alaska.

Prince of Wales Island offers 2 millions acres of forests, mountains, streams and bays for your adventures and is the largest national forest in the nation.

Spend the Day Backpacking

The United States Forest Service has a number of public-use cabins on Prince of Wales Island.

Explore the many recreational areas between Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove for a picnic between excursions. These newly renovated picnic and day-use areas offer access to forest settings along with family friendly recreation opportunities.

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