Destination Petersburg





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Bald Eagle
© 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.

CLAUSEN MEMORIAL MUSEUM
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 Alaska.

PETERSBURG BOAT HARBOR
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.

WRANGELL NARROWS
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.


Outlook Park

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.

OUTLOOK PARK
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
©Seaprints Photography

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 seafood processing.

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 marine life.

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.

FISHING ADVENTURES
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.


LeConte Glacier
© 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 this wonder.


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 Lake.

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.


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