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Getting to Alaska
Alaska Airlines is the only flight service between Seattle and Ketchikan. If your interested, they offer a credit card that builds mileage towards a free ticket. You will need to have your northbound Alaska Airlines flight arrive in Ketchikan by about 1:00 PM and will need a southbound flight when you leave that departs no earlier than 1:00 PM to eliminate having to overnight in Ketchikan.
Another option is the Alaska Marine Highway system. Although slower and more expensive, the experience of traveling through the Inside Passage is unforgetable. This ferry service connects Ketchikan with Bellingham, Washington, British Columbia and other Southeast Alaska communities. It is a nice way to see Southeast Alaska as they stop at many communities, allowing for side adventures for a few days when you can just catch the next ferry going by. It is the most economical way to get around if wanting to bring bicycles or kayaks or you do not have a car. It is cheaper to rent a vehicle at your stops or do a taxi than to bring a vehicle. If you want a room, you have to book far in advance.
Getting to Prince of Wales Island
The problem with any small plane flight is the chance of canceling a flight and with their cost. At a minimum they charge 2-3 times the cost of the ferry ride. On your way home, they will charge as much as a dollar a pound to transport your fish for the 30 minute flight. If you need the adventure, take a floatplane from Ketchikan to Prince of Wales Island and do the more economical ferry from Hollis to Ketchikan on your way home. The attraction on the way to Prince of Wales Island is that they fly often and will match better with your Alaska Airlines flight. We need to talk about these alternatives prior to booking, as it changes my scheduling as well.
  • Inter-Island Ferry - ferry service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island, cheapest and most reliable, leaves Ketchikan at 3:30 PM and returns at 11:00 AM daily :
  • Pac Air - floatplane service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island :
  • Promech - floatplane service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island :
  • Taquan - floatplane service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island :
  • Island Air Express - Wheeled aircraft that may fly when floatplanes cancel their flights due to weather :
  • Taxi service in Ketchikan:
    • Sourdough Cab - (907) 225-5544
    • Yellow Taxi - (907) 225-5555
    • Alaska Cab - (907) 225-2133
  • Motels in Ketchikan:
    • The Narrows Inn Ketchikan - We usually stay here ourselves. They have a shuttle, but are away from downtown, so not as good if wanting to see the sights -
    • The Best Western Landing Motel - Check ahead, but they have freezer space if you spend an extra night in Ketchikan on your way home -
    Places of Interest on Prince of Wales Island
  • Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce -
  • Prince of Wales Island Guide - gives an excellent view of the island as a whole including a map and commentary on each community -
  • Tongass National Forest - - Learn about the largest national forest in the U.S. The Forest Service manages many cabins on and around Prince of Wales Island. Staney Creek cabin is accessible by the road system. Control Lake Cabin, Red Bay Lake Cabin, Sweetwater Lake Cabin and Sarkar Lake Cabin are accessible with the use of a Forest Service Rowboat. This link also covers trails on the island and has the link to the Tongass Forest Service cabins -
  • Thorne Bay:
    • Thorne Bay Business Association -
    • Southeast Island School District, our favorite school district. Web pages give a little flavor of the various communities.
    • The Port's Tackle Shack - Lodging & fishing tackle, Owners: Monte & Melody McDonald, PO Box 19610, Thorne Bay, Alaska 99919, Phone: 907-828-8212 Fax: 907-828-3495
  • Coffman Cove:
    • offical website -
    • services and info -
    • A5 Outdoor Recreation - Cottage rental open year-round, Crestline skiff package for your fishing experience & kayak rentals, Take-out diner, 907-329-2399 / -
    • A new ferry is scheduled for 2013 between Coffman Cove, Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan -
    • By the Sea Arts & Seafood Festival - annual art festival in the middle of August
  • Klawock:
    • Home of the first salmon cannery in the state.
    • Wildfish Company - This is our favorite place to vacuum pack and freeze fish for your trip home. They also do an especially nice job smoking and canning your fish. 764 Big Salt Road, Klawock, AK (907) 755-2247
    Other Interesting Links
  • Tongass National Forest - learn about the largest national forest in the U.S. :
  • Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce -
  • SeaTrails - Great info on day hikes, multi-day hikes, bike trails, canoe & kayak routes, and more -
  • NOAA weather forcast -
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