Wrangell is located on the northwest tip of Wrangell Island, 155 miles south of Juneau and 89 miles northwest of Ketchikan. Daily scheduled jet service connects Wrangell to other Inside Passage communities as well as to Seattle and Anchorage. Air taxi service is available and Alaska Marine Highway ferries stop almost daily.
Rustic Alaskan red cedar pole lodge with lush green plant dŽcor and Wrangell Harbor vista. Family operated since 1984. See the Stikine River, Anan Bear Observatory, Chief Shakes Glacier and Tribal House, petroglyph beach. Lounge, conference room, courtesy van.
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If you are looking for an unforgettable experience, exciting outdoor adventure, fantastic fishing, pristine scenic views, colorful history, extraordinary wildlife viewing, and Tlingit Native culture and arts, Wrangell offers something for everyone. Explore one of Alaska's oldest communities and visit our award winning Museum to understand our heritage, community, and the real Alaska. Experience thrilling excursions that take you up close to glaciers, fish for the big salmon or halibut, or experience brown and black bears at Anan Wildlife Observatory. Hiking trails, searching for mysterious petroglyphs, or even playing a round of golf at the USGA Muskeg Meadows – these are all just some of the fun things to do in Wrangell!
Wrangell-the Alaska you envision! Off the beaten path, easily accessible by jet or ferry. In the heart of the Tongass Nat'l. Forest and Inside Passage. Discover Native culture, great fishing, golfing, bear viewing. Explore Stikine River's glaciers, wildlife & legends. Wrangell-you can do everything! For DVD/free brochure.
The beautiful, wild Stikine River in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area and the fastest navigable river in North American, is characterized by a narrow, rugged shoreline and the mountains and hanging glaciers that surround it. It is a popular boat cruise and the Wrangell Visitor Center can provide a list of operators who run trips up the river.
Anan Wildlife Observatory +
Chief Shakes Grave +
Wrangell has an impressive collection of totems with more than a dozen scattered through town that can make for a pleasant walk around town. One of the most popular totems is the killer whale totem that adorns Chief Shakes Grave.
Chief Shakes Hot Springs +
The beautiful and wild Stikine River begins in the high peaks of interior British Columbia and ends some 400 miles later just north of Wrangell in the Stikine River delta. Many charter boat operators offer trips on the Stikine, often using a jet boat to spend a day traveling up the river. One of the most popular stops is Chief Shakes Hot Springs, where visitors can first admire Shakes Glacier spilling into Shakes Lake and then soak in one of the two bathing huts built over the hot springs nearby.
Chief Shakes Island +
This small grassy islet, located in the middle of the boat harbor and reached by a pedestrian bridge, is the most enchanting spot in Wrangell. The tiny island with its totems, tall cottonwoods and the half dozen eagles usually perched in the branches is a quiet oasis compared to the hum of the fishing fleet that surrounds it. In the middle is Shakes Community House, an excellent example of a high-caste tribal house that contains tools, blankets and other cultural items. Just as impressive are the six totems surrounding the tribal house, all duplicates of originals carved in the late 1930s.
Muskeg Meadows Golf Course +
Wrangell's golf course may be a USGA-certified nine-hole, par 36 course but it is uniquely Alaskan. It was carved from a rain forest and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the ocean and snow-capped mountains. Players are rarely alarmed when a bear comes bounding across a fairway and then there is the club’s Raven Rule: if a raven steals your ball you may replace it with no penalty provided you have a witness. The course also features a 250-yard driving range.
Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park +
Sea Kayaking +
One look at a nautical chart of Wrangell will have sea kayakers dreaming as islands and protected waterways abound. Experienced kayakers will paddle across the vast Stikine River flats while beginners can enjoy paddling around the harbor, over to Petroglyph Beach or to Dead Man’s Island. Outfitters in town rent kayaks and offer guided trips that often include transportation so you begin in wilderness setting in a remote corner of Wrangell Island.
The waters surrounding Wrangell are a fisherman's paradise and the town is well equipped with charter fishing operators who offer day trips, overnights and multi-day fishing adventures. Action often begins in late April or May when king salmon are the first to begin spawning and Wrangell stages its annual King Salmon Derby from mid-May to mid-June. Along with salmon, anglers fish for trophy halibut that can weigh more than 100 pounds along with red snapper, ling cod and sea bass.
Stikine River Birding Festival +
Wrangell Museum +
Completely renovated in 2004 when it relocated in the Nolan Center, Wrangell now has a museum worthy of its extensive and colorful history.
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