Prince of Wales Island


Prince of Wales Island is a do-what-you-feel-like kind of island. Slightly larger than Delaware and the third-largest island in the United States, Prince of Wales Island offers a number of unique activities to visitors. The island offers great hiking and caving opportunities. Visitors can explore limestone caves, karst formations and old-growth forest stands on Prince of Wales. For those who enjoy water sports, the island provides beautiful lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands to canoe. With over 2,000 miles of roads, diverse communities, Forest Service cabins available for rent, and road-accessible fishing streams, the island is an adventurer’s dream. Prince of Wales is also renowned for its saltwater fishing and has a multitude of lodges and charter operators.

Featured Activites


Trophy Sitka black-tail deer, black bear and waterfowl are abundant on Prince of Wales Island.


Canoe the 30-mile Honker Divide canoe route or the 15-mile Sarkar canoe route.


Walk Beaver Falls Karst Interpretive Trail through an old-growth forest and then go for a U.S. Forest Service guided tour of El Capitan Cave.

Road Trip

Take a road trip on the island's many miles of Forest Service logging roads and car camp along the way or rent one of many U.S. Forest Service cabins available throughout the island.

Stream Fishing

Fish in the many rivers and streams along the road system for salmon or trout.

Ocean Fishing

Charter fish or rent your own skiff to fish the ocean for salmon, rockfish and halibut.

Culture and Events

Visit the native villages of Kasaan, Hydaburg or Klawock and see a historic clan house and totem poles.

Featured Wildlife


Sitka deer are smaller than other types of black-tailed deer. Their coats are reddish-brown in the summer, and darken to a gray-brown in the winter.


Halibut is the largest flat fish, averaging 24-30 pounds, but it has been reported to grow up to 700 pounds.

Explore Prince of Wales Island

Plan Your Trip

Adventure Alaska — Full vacation package packages including a cottage, power boat, canoes, vehicle and more. On site laundry, tackle store, hot tub, sightseeing, whale watching, birding and finishing. Do-it-yourself or fully guided trips available.

Alaska Top Dog Charters — Come enjoy our three- to five-day fishing and sightseeing trips from Craig on a live-aboard boat. Salmon, halibut, shrimp and crab are just some of the possible seafood that you may catch.

Alaska's Fish Tales Lodge — World-class fishing and ecotourism at Whale Pass, Alaska. Offering cabin, skiff and vehicle rentals.

Downstream Adventures — We are a freshwater fishing guide service, which includes both fly fishing as well as spin tackle guiding.We offer year-round fishing trips for steelhead, salmon and trout, as well as year-round sightseeing services.

Hollis Adventure Rentals — Premier provider of rental equipment on Prince of Wales Island. Cars, boats, kayaks and camping gear available at the ferry terminal or other locations on the island.

J and J Charters Guide and Outfitters — Fishing and wildlife viewing guided tours, outfitter services for hunters and boat and SUV rentals.

The Lodge at Whale Pass — Located on the famed Inside Passage, the Lodge at Whale Pass is the perfect getaway for friends, families, couples, corporate groups and avid anglers. Our goal is to provide unique experiences, enhanced by the natural beauty of southeast Alaska. As a guest of the lodge, you will feel at home and be treated to the finest accommodations, dining and service that Alaska has to offer.

Outer Otter Sportfishing — Enjoy the picturesque landscape of America's best-kept secret: southeast Alaska. Watch humpback and killer whales, soaring bald eagles, lounging seals, black bears and playful otters, as well as, just outright stunning scenery. Come share the greatest fresh and salt water fishing experience that Alaska has to offer! We offer instruction, including fly fishing lessons. Our trips are in fresh and saltwater and the catch varies depending on the season. We supply all gear as well as food and beverages.

Room With A View — Overnight rental offers you a panoramic view of Clarence Strait on the Inside Passage of southeast Alaska. Watch the whales, sea lions, porpoise and all other sea life right from your window.

Ruff It Bayside Cabins — Rental cabins house four people and come with fully-equipped kitchens and bathrooms, as well as a skiff for every two people. World-class coho fishing is five minutes away. Rental cabins also come with crabpots to use during your stay.

Southeast Retreat — We offer all-inclusive saltwater and freshwater sport fishing packages as well as cabin rentals.If you are looking for world-class sport fishing opportunities either on one of our many rivers or aboard a charter boat on the open ocean while surrounded in scenic splendor, then consider Prince of Wales Island.

U.S. Forest Service, Karst and Caves — The U.S. Forest Service has extensive information on the caves and karst on Prince of Wales Island.

Welcome Inn Bed & Breakfast — We have three rooms with private entrances. Clean, quiet and comfortable. Great breakfast included. Dinners offered by reservation to guests only. Vehicle rental available. Open all year and we accept Visa and Mastercard.

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