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Klawock is on the central western shore of Prince of Wales Island. Because of its location, Klawock is the “Crossroads” of the island. The paved Scenic Byways intersect here, leading south to Craig, east to Hollis and the ferry terminal and north to communities on the northern half of the Island. Many services are available in the community, as indicated by the icons. Klawock can lay claim to a pair of distinctions: the community has the largest employee-owned sawmill and only airport runway on the Island. Klawock also has a deepwater port suitable for loading large ships.

The townsite was a summer fishing camp until Tlingit chief Kloo-wah permanently moved his clan here from a village in Moira Sound. Klawock is known historically as the site of the first salmon cannery in Alaska. Klawock is a significant center of Tlingit culture, with an annual celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich’s pioneering civil rights
work on behalf of Alaska Natives.

The totem park has 21 poles that are masterfully carved replicas of the original totem poles that stood in Tuxekan, the original winter village of the Heenya Kwaan people. In recent years, the raising of new totem poles in the traditional manner has prompted grand celebrations. A heritage center with a longhouse and a carving shed are near the edge of town. Visitors are welcome to see the carving activity and visit with the carvers when they are working.

Accommodations in Klawock, Alaska

There are plenty of places to stay in Klawock, but they can fill up fast especially in the summer months so it’s best to plan ahead. Check out the accommodations available in Klawock and contact them today to book your trip!
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A Place To Stay

Cabins available April through September. Accommodations for one to six persons. Crossroad location for the Island. Fresh and saltwater fishing nearby. Black bear and Sitka deer hunting available.
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Changing Tides Inn

Oceanfront lodging. One or two-bedroom units with living room. Fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, satellite TV, wireless Internet, freezer, and BBQ grill. Five miles from Klawock.
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Fireweed Lodge

The only full-service fishing resort. 10 boats, kayaks, recreational facilities, spa and fitness room.

Klawock Casino and Lodging

Unique 7-room accommodations with a seamless blend of Native traditions and modern comforts. Amenities include Casino machines, communal living spaces, and beautiful water views!

Hiking Near Klawock, Alaska

There’s no better way to start your day in Alaska then by taking a hike. Check out the hiking trails located near Klawock 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!

Swan Song Trail

The new Swan Song Trail is across the highway from the Black Bear Lake gravel pit. It extends about four-tenths of a mile through timber fringe and tidal grass flats. A WWII-era plane that crash-landed decades ago remains on the shore. Trail users are urged to be bear-aware. Swan Song Trail leads to a tidal grass flat […]

Distance: .4 miles
Average: 30 minutes

One Duke Trail

The name of One Duke Trail winks at the Forest Service’s One Duck Trail off of Hydaburg Road. Like its near-namesake, One Duke Trail leads to an alpine area; Big Salt Inlet and areas around Klawock are visible from the summit. Logging road runs about a mile; ATVs are permitted on this stretch. The trail […]

Distance: 1 mile
Average: 1 hour

Upcoming Events in Klawock, Alaska

Check to see what events are happening in Klawock, 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: July 17th, 2024
    Location: Generations Southeast
    Contact: Generations Southeast
    Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Start: August 16th, 2024
    End: August 17th, 2024
    Location: Klawock site of the First Salmon Cannery in Alaska
    Contact: City of Klawock
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  • Coordinates
    133°05’ W Longitude — 55°33’ N Latitude
    est. 850
    (907) 755-2261

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