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Craig, Alaska

INCORPORATED 1922
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You can feel the charming history in the beautiful town of Craig, Alaska. They have excellent walking trails. The old cannery is an "out and back" type walk that showcases historical artifacts from the Japan Tsunami and at the end is a beautiful hand carved memorial to those lost at sea. The ballpark/graveyard trail is also an "out and back" type that highlights a veterans memorial with a fascinating canopy of trees and many picture friendly sites. The enjoyable 1-mile is low impact, yet slightly challenging is pet-friendly and one you will remember. You can walk "the loop" around Hamilton for a perfect 3 mile walk about. Our Healing Heart Totem Pole is a sacred spot which thousands have visited to share its meaning. We have local artist shops and stores that will ensure you leave with a memorable gift from your trip.  Many local restaurants and taverns and over 25 local B&B's and hotels to choose from, they know you will find a place that makes you feel at home.

Craig also hosts The Island Grind monthly which provides music and entertainment to all followed by a light dessert. Monthly swap meet and events are listed on craigak.com. There's not a month that goes by that doesn't have a special event. The 4th of July is a special time of year with more than 3 days of packed events. This year Craig is hosting the Island Art Extravaganza in September! They offer free site seeing trips through city hall, and you can even volunteer for a day and ride with their local EMS squad or the fight the fire you've always dreamed of!

Tlingit and Haida peoples traditionally used this area for its rich seafood resources, and still do. Craig is the most populous community on Prince of Wales Island and the leading business center.

In the early 1900s, a fish saltery was established on nearby Fish Egg Island and a salmon cannery was built in Craig. Beginning in the 1950s, Craig’s major industry was logging, but with changes in demand and less available timber for sale, the town has diversified into many other economic sectors.

Craig is the retail, service and transportation hub of the Island. Fishing, fish processing, timber operations, government and commercial services provide employment and goods for the community. Tourism and recreational opportunities also abound in Craig and surrounding areas. Among the recreational facilities are a community swimming pool, a city gym and numerous parks. A number of fishing charters and wildlife-watching options are available.

 

Accommodations in Craig, Alaska

There are plenty of places to stay in Craig, but they can fill up fast especially in the summer months so it’s best to plan ahead. Check out the accommodations available in Craig and contact them today to book your trip!
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Dreamcatcher Inn & Charters

Luxury waterfront lodging in Craig, Alaska. Enjoy one of our three guestrooms all with private baths, phone, DIRECTV, Wi-Fi, and homemade buffet style breakfast. Charter packages available, open year-round.
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Great Blue Heron Inn Southcove

Centrally located. Quaint, cozy, clean. Well-decorated rooms, each with private bath, kitchenette, cable TV, wireless Internet. Queen-size suite, single room, or full four-bedroom lodge available.
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JS Development

Storage Units, secured parking, furnished room and suite rentals, apartment.
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KingFisher Charters & Lodge

Full-service fishing lodge, family-run. Three-day packages starting at $3,400 includes round-trip airfare from Ketchikan International Airport to Craig. 32-foot walk around boats.

Hiking Near Craig, Alaska

There’s no better way to start your day in Alaska then by taking a hike. Check out the hiking trails located near Craig and add them to your itinerary. You’ll be sure to hear and see a plethora of wildlife and abundant plant life in the forests!
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Sunnahae Mountain Trail

Sunnahae Mountain Trail above Craig offers a workout and amazing views of Craig and the ocean from an alpine summit. New staircases and a gravel trail bed on the first half ease the footpath. Work is continuing to improve the trail to the summit.

Distance: 1 mile
Average: 1.5 hours
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Kegan Lake Trail

This 1/2-mile trail along the creek connects Kegan Cove to the cabin on Kegan Creek and to Kegan Lake. The cabin is located in a protected cove in Moira Sound. Visitors can enjoy ocean fishing, stream fishing, viewing scenery and wildlife, beachcombing.

Distance: .5 miles
Average: 30 minutes

Upcoming Events in Craig, Alaska

Check to see what events are happening in Craig, Alaska during your visit. Attending local events is a great way to get immersed in the rich culture on Prince of Wales Island. There are many festivals and celebrations planned throughout the year!
  • Start: May 21st, 2024
    Location: CEMS Gym
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  • Start: May 23rd, 2024
    Location: Craig High School
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  • Start: May 25th, 2024
    Location: Craig High School
    Contact: POW Marathon
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  • Start: May 26th, 2024
    End: May 26th, 2024
    Location: Craig City Gym
    Contact: Gretchen Klein
    Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Visitor Testimonials

    Sunnahae Mountain Trail - Stephanie

    This newer trail up Sunnahae mountain is such a great way to get up high for beautiful views. Don't be put off by the steepness of the lower trail; it gets better if you just keep going! The views are incredible. And if you go all the way to the top the little summer wildflowers are delightfully beautiful!

    Brittany Hart

    I visited with my wife for a few days, and we wish we had more time here! We explored a few trails in Craig and in the Tongass Forest, hiked to a cave, kayaked and went fishing. We saw so many bald eagles, a whale, otters, and a few cats. No black bears spotted on this trip, but it can be fun to see their behinds running away because they are shy. A deer on a local trail by the baseball field stayed near us for a while and it truly felt magical to be out here. The city of Craig has some great restaurants and the locals are very friendly. We can't wait for our next trip in a few months.

    Coordinates
    133°09’ W - 55°28’ N
    Founded
    Late 1800's
    Population
    est 1127
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    907-826-3275
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