© Dept of Fish & Game, Alaska Division of Tourism
EAGLE ROOST PARK
Located on North Nordic Drive just walking distance from the
edge of town. Operated by the City of Petersburg, this park
has a picnic table, Narrows Viewing Platform, benches, and
classic Petersburg landscaping. It is an excellent place to
view eagles roosting in trees or take the trail down to the
beach and watch eagles and other waterfowl, or explore tide
pools at low tide.
This is the best place to go to learn about Petersburg's colorful
history. Just two blocks up from Nordic Drive, the Museum
houses a wide variety of local and regional memorabilia from
Alaska Native artifacts to early commercial fishing and processing
gear and equipment. You can also view the Museum's wide selection
of videos about the culture and history of Petersburg and
Home port to over 400 commercial and sport vessels of many
types, such as tugs, salmon trollers, seiners, longliners,
and crabbers. You will meet fishermen while you stroll the
docks. Check out the fantastic view of nearby islands, mountains,
and an occasional sea lion.
You can walk to Hungry Point, where the north end of the Narrows
meets Frederick Sound. An array of fishing vessels cruise
by on their way to the fishing grounds of the Inside Passage
and the Gulf of Alaska. River otters, bears, deer, porpoise,
killer whales, and sea ducks and a large other sea birds are
occasionally seen along the Narrows.
SANDY BEACH PICNIC AREA
Three miles southeast on Sandy Beach Road is Sandy Beach Park.
The extensive tide lands are the site of ancient Alaska Native
petroglyphs and remnants of prehistoric fish traps. Three
picnic shelters complete with fireplaces and picnic tables,
a rough forest trail, restrooms, and city water provide for
a comfortable afternoon outting. Sandy Beach is also a great
place for tide pooling on medium to low tides.
This small park is halfway between town and Sandy Beach Picnic
Area on Sandy Beach Road. The covered timber-frame shelter
was built by a local shipwright and is modeled after the Norwegian
Stave Churches. Binoculars are available for scanning Frederick
Sound for icebergs and marine life, for peeking at the snow-covered
peaks of the Coast Mountains, and for viewing Devil's Thumb.
Sing Lee Alley
VISIT DOWNTOWN PETERSBURG
From Galleries to Outfitter stores, Petersburg has a great
deal to offer. Enjoy some fresh local seafood or a cup of
java. Stroll the sidewalks and look down to see the inlaid
bronze artwork in the sidewalks or look up at the Norwegian
rosemaling that adorns the storefronts. Nearby is the hustle
and bustle of the canneries and fishing fleet. Call ahead
to learn about the Tonka Seafoods tours. They'll give you
a first hand look at the life of fishing families and custom
SONS OF NORWAY HALL AND THE BOJER WIKAN
FISHERMANS MEMORIAL PARK
The hall, built in 1912, is a National Historic Site. It was
built as a social hall and is still a center of activity today.
In the summer, come watch the Norwegian dancers and enjoy
a wonderful buffet complete with Norwegian pastries or try
some pickled herring and fish cakes. Right next door is a
commemorative memorial for those who lost their lives at sea.
In the center is a 9 foot bronze sculpture of local fisherman
Bojer Wikan. Underneath the Hall and the Park, the tidal waters
of Hammer Slough flow.
PETERSBURG MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
Located in the back of Viking Travel Building at the Corner
of Gjoa and Nordic Drive, the center offers information, an
awesome interactive whale learning display and videos on whales
and marine mammals of southeast Alaska. The center's mission
is to assist researchers and help develop programs on local
WHAT TO DO, A LITTLE FURTHER
AWAY AND JUST AS MAGNIFICENT.
EXPLORE MITKOF ISLAND
Take your own vehicle, or rent one, and journey out the road
to experience the largest temperate rainforest in the world.
See stands of virgin old-growth and vigorously growing 50
year old stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlock. Visit
Blind River Rapids fishing area, hike the Ohmer Creek Trail
and walk the beaches of Sumner Strait. Explore the muskegs.
These are only a few of the adventures you can have on the
Mitkof Island roads.
Breaching Humpback Whale
© Jim Nahmens
HUMPBACK WHALES OF FREDERICK SOUND
Where the waters of Frederick Sound meets Stephens Passage
and Chatham Strait, (30 miles north of Petersburg by boat),
you will find some of the best humpback whale viewing in North
America. Humpback whales are just one of the many marine mammals
to be found in these waters. Take an all day boat cruise to
see the whales, the historic Five Finger Light House and the
magical Brothers Islands. Charter tours are available most
days, but reserve ahead.
Troll for king and silver salmon or drop a herring to entice
a pacific halibut that can grow as big as a barn door! Yes,
400 lb. halibut have been caught around Petersburg. Or cast
for dolly's and jig for herring right off the harbor docks.
Along with natural fish runs, the Crystal Lake Hatchery releases
millions of king salmon fry each year.
© Dennis Rogers
|LECONTE GLACIER BAY
This is the southern most tide water calving glacier in Alaska
and it's only 20 miles by boat from Petersburg. When the tide
and winds are right, the icebergs float into Frederick Sound
and can be seen from the Petersburg shoreline. In LeConte
Bay Fjord, bergs of every size and shape can be found. Charter
boat, kayaking, and flightseeing tours are available for viewing
Take a Hike!
© Ryn Schneider
HIKING, CABINS, AND CAMPING
There are hiking trails both in town and out-the-road. Some
are wheelchair friendly, while others are single plank boards
crossing the muskegs and only good for the nimble and fit.
The area surrounding Petersburg is dotted with 20 Forest Service
Recreation Cabins which are available for rent for a reasonable
fee. While most require either water or air access, the nearby
Raven's Roost Cabin is accessible from town if you are up
to a steep and arduous 4 miles of muddy hiking.
VISTING NEIGHBORING CITIES
Cross the Wrangell Narrows and visit the City of Kupreanof,
gateway to Petersburg Creek, a beautiful and scenic waterway
abounding in wildlife. Don't let the "city" fool
you as most of the residents live in cabins scattered down
the shore connected only by boat, trail, or rough logging
roads. Walk the Kupreanof trails to access the crest of Petersburg
Mountain or to the Forest Service recreational cabins on Petersburg
Travel by ferry down the amazing
Wrangell Narrows to visit the nearby city of Wrangell, situated
at the mouth of the Stikine River. Book a charter to visit
Anan Creek for abundant bear watching or take a trip up the
wild and historic Stikine River. Wrangell has a fascinating
history. Visit their wonderful new museum and explore the
petroglyphs along the beach, as well as their totem poles
and Chief Shakes Lodge.
THERE IS A LOT MORE, TOO
The 1.6 million acre Petersburg Ranger District of the Alaska's
Tongass National Forest, surrounds Petersburg. It has thousands
of miles of shoreline, it's own Stikine Icefield, the Kuiu
Island Wilderness, Devil's Thumb, and much, much more. There
is just too much for one visit.