THings to do in Alaska
PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND
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.
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. Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Come & Visit
EXPLORE HISTORICAL SITES
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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Whether you want to be taken out on a guided charter or chart your own course, there are many options available!
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.
Sports Lodge - full service
We provide water taxi service between Wrangell, Coffman Cove, Whale Pass; and Petersburg (via Banana Point) as well as tours and transports to LeConte Glacier, Stikine River, Anan Bear Observatory, and more!
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.
Emerald Island Adventures provides custom, affordable, private boat tours out of Craig. Join us for a chance to see whales, sea otters, seals, sea birds, other marine mammals, and spectacular scenery. Birdwatching, nature photography, and remote transports are also available.
POW Excursion Outfitter rents ocean fishing boats and many other types of rugged outdoor equipment for the Do-It-Yourself Island resident or visitor.
Full-service fishing & lodging. Freshwater, saltwater, and waterfowl charters. Also offering cave tours, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. Lodging and meals also available.
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.
Charter fishing on 32-foot catamaran with head and heat; 3-day to 5-day packages. Lodge has three bedrooms with private baths, double occupancy.
Come enjoy a day with Alaska naturalist salmon cannery historian, member of Alaska Historical Society, and whale watching enthusiast Kathy Peavey on her 22-foot heated HewesCraft OceanPro. Video & 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!
Cabin, cottage, boat, & car rentals. Economy & luxury accommodations available. Nightly, weekly, & monthly rates available.
Full-service fishing lodge, family-run. Three-day packages starting at $2,750 includes round-trip airfare from Ketchikan International Airport to Craig. 32-foot walk around boats.
The only full-service fishing resort. 10 boats, kayaks, recreational facilities, spa and fitness room.
Guided and self-guided fishing, ADFG licensed/USCG credentialed. Westside Wadleigh Island: beautiful, private lodge, 2 cabins plus sauna. All meals. Could be yours exclusively: min. 8 (sleeps 13).
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.
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 20 years.