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Outdoor Adventures Abound​

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Prince of Wales Island has a plethora of things to do throughout the year.
Whether you're into kayaking and canoeing, fishing, hunting, hiking, sight-seeing, camping, biking, ATVing or simply exploring, the island has something for everyone. For first-time visitors, or those that appreciate the convenience of not having to do as much planning, there are plenty of guided adventures available through local charter businesses. For experienced visitors, or those who like DIY vacations, there are local outfitters who rent boats, kayaks, canoes, vehicles, ATVs, and camping equipment who will set you up for your self-guided adventure.

Kayaking /Canoeing

The island—itself facing other islands on almost every side—has some of the best-protected coastline in Alaska.
Numerous islands and saltwater waterways make paddling a top pick for adventurers. Canoers can paddle on numerous beautiful inland lakes that teem with wildlife. Sarkar Lake Canoe Route and Honker Divide Canoe/Kayak route are ideal for paddling excursions. Local vendors rent paddlecraft and camping gear.


Whether you're on the ocean or on land, opportunities for wildlife viewing abound for whales, bear, deer and more!
Going out with a guide who knows where to find all the great viewing spots is a wonderful way to explore nature, learn about the wildlife of Alaska, and get some epic photos and videos of nature in action. If you're feeling adventurous, contact one of the island's outfitters to get you set up with all the gear you need to get out into the wild and see it all up close and personal. 
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Reel Adventures
Some of Alaska’s best fishing is on and around POW. The mix of species in salt water and fresh water makes this place the serious angler’s gotta-go destination. Salmon are our most celebrated fish, but anglers’ targets range widely, from halibut hundreds of feet down in ocean depths to trout in high-mountain lakes.
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Robust populations of deer and bears provide island-wide opportunities for guided and DIY hunts in many terrains.
Prince of Wales Island is a world-class hunting destination, known for trophy Sitka black-tailed deer, large black bears and outstanding waterfowl. Deer season runs August through December. Black bear season is Sept 1 to June 30. Waterfowl hunting runs Sept 16 to Dec 31.
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Come & Visit



Wild land is nearby, all over POW, and true wilderness is just beyond: Karta River Wilderness Area is in the east center of the island and South Prince of Wales Wilderness is on the extreme south end.

Prince of Wales Island is unique in Southeast Alaska for its extensive system of paved and backcountry roads. Hundreds of miles of logging roads have been converted to trails by the Forest Service and are legal for ATVs. Five ATV maps are available from the Forest Service, the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce and local vendors. Spectacular wild country and mountain vistas are accessible on remote roads. Bring your own ATVs or rent a fourwheeler and trailer from a local vendor.

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Local Outfitters

Whether you want to be taken out on a guided charter or chart your own course, there are many options available!

Island Charters

Come enjoy a day with Alaska naturalist, Salmon Cannery historian, and member of Alaska Historical Society and whale watching enthusiast Kathy Peavey on her 22-foot, heated Hewescraft Ocean Pro. Video and film crews welcome! Photograph and explore! Lunch provided. USCG licensed. Drop-offs and pickups to fishing boats, remote cabins, and lodges available. Whales, whales, whales!

Harlequin Lodge

Come stay with us and enjoy Charter fishing, wildlife viewing, or self-guided hunting. Our operation is intimate and flexible and can customize your escape! Day trips when available. A truly relaxing Alaskan experience!

Alaska by Sea, LLC

Experience Alaska in an unfogettable way aboard a 5-day private yacht charter for 4-6 guests. Custom all-inclusive cruise package options including fishing, coastal hunting, and wilderness expeditions.

Hooked on Alaska Charters

LET THE FUN BEGIN!  From world-class fishing to picturesque scenery and wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We accommodate up to 10 people, day/multi-days, all inclusive.

Eagles Wings Wilderness Lodge

Our inclusive package includes: 5 nights lodging, 3 meals/day, 3 days guided saltwater fishing plus a 4th day of self-guided salt or freshwater fishing (or a variety of other choices). We filet, vacuum seal, freeze, and box your catch for your trip home. Beautiful, remote, authentic lodge on Wadleigh Island (a 20-minute boat ride from POW […]

Silverthorn Charters, Inc

Quality Charters in beautiful Thorne Bay, Alaska. Book today for an experience of a lifetime fishing for halibut, salmon, ling cod, and/or shrimping, crabbing, whale watching. GAF permits available.

Anderson Lodge Alaska/Tackle Shack

Experience Alaska with a personal touch! All-inclusive Charter & Self-guided packages for every season in our newly remodeled lodge in Thorne Bay. Call for details and custom packages.

Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter, LLC

POW Excursion Outfitter rents many types of rugged outdoor equipment for the Do-It-Yourself Island resident or visitor.

J & J Charter Service

Full-service fishing & lodging. Freshwater, saltwater, and waterfowl charters. Also offering cave tours, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. Lodging and meals also available.

Catch-a-King Charters

Fishing charters for salmon, halibut, bottom fish from May through September. Lodging for up to thirty guests. Twenty years in business with very experienced and friendly guides.

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.

Fireweed Lodge

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

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.

Adventure Alaska Southeast, LLC

Packages including: cottages, boats, vehicles, saltwater charters, or guided stream fishing. Our facilities include: tackle store, hot tub, freezers, canoes, laundry, and more. Serving POW for over 20 years.

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