Experience Petersburg Fishing Culture
A fishing town since its beginning, the culture is still alive in Petersburg. Cast a line, learn about the history of fishing in the area or do both! Take a guided fishing trip or set out alone, either way there is plenty of opportunity to reel in the big one. Fish for king salmon at Blind River Rapids Boardwalk or try for silver salmon or halibut in the area. Fishing guides will take clients out for a day on the water to try to catch a halibut that can range in size from 100 to 300 pounds! Or, anglers can stay on shore to cast a line for herring right off the harbor docks.
To learn about the fishing culture in the area, visit the Clausen Memorial Museum. The museum is home to historic Alaska artifacts and commercial fishing and processing gear from the early days of Petersburg. Displays include the largest king salmon ever caught, weighing in at 126 pounds and a Tlingit dugout canoe. After the museum, head to Bojer Wikan Fisherman’s Memorial Park. Built on pilings, a bronze sculpture of the local fishermen honors him and his fellow crewmembers lost at sea. Finally, check out the Valhalla, a replica of a Viking ship that was built in 1976.
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