Things to See
Alaskan Wildlife, Lush Forests, Local Art and Scenic By-Ways
WHETHER ON LAND OR ON SEA, THERE IS A VARIETY OF WILDLIFE AND BIRDS TO WATCH.
During your visit you're sure to see an abundance of wildlife including deer, wolves and black bear. In the Spring many babies can be seen learning the way of the world.LEARN MORE ABOUT WILDLIFE
The oceans are home to many sea mammals such as whales and otters, and a variety of sea creatures. While out on the boat or beach-combing keep your ears open for whales.LEARN MORE ABOUT SEA LIFE
Diverse species in feathers favor birdwatchers in the forest, wetlands and sea. All sorts of birds (more than 80 species) are seen on, above, and offshore of Prince of Wales Island. LEARN MORE ABOUT BIRDING
PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND IS PERFECT FOR ALL TYPES OF ENTHUSIASTS.
HISTORY PRESERVED THROUGH CARVED POLES
Visit Totem Parks
The totem poles on display in communities across the island are both originals and replicas. In 2018, a new Veteran's Memorial Pole was raised in Klawock. The Friendship Pole, carved by the late Stan Marsden, can be seen in Hydaburg. The Healing Heart Totem, also by the late Stan Marsden, is located on the main road in Craig. The recently rededicated Son-i-Hat Whale House can be found in Kasaan. There are totem parks open to the public in Hydaburg and Klawock.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LOCAL NATIVE CULTURE
Native Carving Sheds
Traditions are kept alive in the carving sheds located in Hydaburg and Kasaan. Master carvers hone their craft and teach new generations to preserve their stories and culture in the form of carvings which will be around for years to come and will be enjoyed by thousands.
2 MILLION ACRES OF WILDERNESS TO EXPLORE
Tongass National Forest
As you explore the great outdoors on Prince of Wales Island, you're in the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States.
Prince of Wales Island offers 2 million acres of forests, mountains, streams and bays for your adventures. Many of the fish you will catch in the streams are there thanks to the forest service. Whether you want to go for a hike, paddle a river, fish on a lake, or go exploring caves, the Tongass National Forest has it all. Camping is allowed in most areas of the forest, and there are cabins available for rent.
THE ISLAND IS LACED WITH
More than 260 miles of Alaska Scenic Byways connect the communities of the island. The Alaska Department of Transportation cites the system as "unique because it features some of Southeast Alaska's best qualities, such as a temperate rain forest, bountiful wildlife, Native culture and historical artifacts."