Ketchikan Walking Tour:
is a world famous walking tour of historic Ketchikan which includes 25 points of interest
within easy walking distance of the downtown area. The two mile walk takes about two
hours. Maps are available at the Anchor Inn by the Sea or from many of the local
merchants. We are sorry but because we keep a limited supply and because the
maps are bulky we do not mail these maps out. The maps are produced by the
Ketchikan Daily News. You can request a map from them by calling
a wooden street or board walk in the old "red light district" on which
Ketchikan's famous Dolly's House is located. Creek Street today is a collection of
museums, historic homes, and shops resting on pilings above Ketchikan Creek. From the
board walk you can take a tram up the mountainside to a restaurant for lunch with a
wonderful view of the city. The board walk starts at 203 Stedman Street, just upstream
from the Thomas Basin boat harboranother
point of interest. (on the walking tour)
Ketchikan's Museum &
is housed in the same building on Dock Street in downtown Ketchikan. The museum has an
ever-changing display of Alaskan memorabilia and an excellent collection of Indian
artifacts and old photos. In the library you will, of course findbooks on Alaska. A
wonderful place to spend a rainy afternoon! (on the walking tour)
Ketchikan Creek and Falls:
is downtown adjacent to the library, at the end of Creek Street. Enjoy the excellent views
of the salmon runs that have made our town famous. (on the walking tour)
Ketchikan has one of the world's largest collection of totems. You will find totems
in the Totem Heritage Center, downtown; in Saxman Totem Park, only l.5 miles north of
Anchor Inn by the Sea; and at Totem Bight, a State Park 9.5 miles north of town. Additional
totems are scattered throughout the city. (on the walking tour)
Saxman Native Village:
The city of Saxman has a display of 34 totem poles, a large clan house and
several carving centers. There are master carvers who live in Saxman that
are internationally recognized and their work is in demand around the world.
Saxman was founded in 1886 and was incorporated as a city in 1929. The city
now has about 450 full time residents, most of which are Tlingit. Saxman is
located 3 miles south of downtown Ketchikan.
Ketchikan Totem Heritage
adjacent to the City Park between Deermount and Woodland Streets, The center contains some
33 original totem poles or pieces of poles collected from abandoned Tlingit or Haida
Indian villages. A craft center provides a workshop for artisans and craftsmen, there are
classes at the center that teach native Alaskans such arts as carving, tool making and
basketry. A free 15-minute guided tour is available during regular summer hours. (on the
Totem Bight State Park:
This park is the result of a 1938 US Forest Service program to salvage and
restore Alaskan Native totem poles that had been abandon and left to erode.
The program taught young artist the art of carving and painting totem poles
and helped to preserve the history of the Tlingit and Haida natives. The
park is rich in history with the cedar monuments and Clan House and should
be included in any visitor's tour of the Ketchikan area. This park is
located 9.5 miles north of Ketchikan.
Deer Mountain Hatchery:
adjacent to the Totem Heritage Center within walking distance of downtown, releases tens
of thousands of coho and king salmon smolts (two-year-olds) each year. The $1 million
facility has observation platforms and educational displays concerning the salmon's life
cycle. It is the only municipally-owned facility of its kind in the state. (on the walking
The Eagle Center:
is located next to the Deer Mountain Hatchery. This is your chance to see eagles up close.
Make sure you bring your camera! (on the walking tour)
Liquid Sunshine Gauge:
graphically shows Ketchikan's 162-in. average
rainfallin feet. Located near the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau on the dock in downtown
Deer Mountain Trail:
There are many hiking trails in Ketchikan. One of my favorite hikes is the Deer Mountain
Trail. It begins right in town just behind City Park. An easy but very steep hike. The
trail is about five miles long and can be climbed at an easy pace in about 4 to 5 hours
with the reward of a spectacular view of the city and several of the surrounding islands
at the end.
Ward Lake Trail & Perseverance Trail:
A walk around Ward Lake is very refreshing. The one
mile long nature trail was developed by the Forest Service. It is the area's easiest
hike on mostly level ground. There are signs along the trail identifying trees species and
information on animals in the area. Ward Lake
is on the Ward Lake Road, which starts on North Tongass Highway about 5 miles north of the
city limits. Just past the Ward Lake parking area, in a smaller parking area you will find
the Perseverance Lake Trail head.
Perseverance Trail is a three mile long trail that is mostly board walk, built and
maintained by the Forest Service. It winds through muskeg and forest to a small lake
nestled at the base of mountains.
Experience Alaskas wilderness and wildlife by kayak. Southeast Sea
you on a journey of discovery through the rain forest islands of the southeast. Guided and
unguided trips. All ages - No experience is necessary. Contact
Southeast Sea Kayaks at; 800-287-1607.
Misty Fjords National Monument:
is located in the Tongass National Forest and contains some of the most
spectacular SE Alaskan scenery within it's 2.3 acres of wilderness. You will
experience majestic fjords, waterfalls, and rugged cliffs of granite. This
is a protected wilderness area and one of the best areas to view wildlife
such as mountain goats, brown and black bear, deer, wolves, whales and many
bald eagles. You can visit Misty Fjords National Monument by contacting a
local air taxi or by boat tour.
Ketchikan's King Salmon
Derby - MAY
The King Salmon Derby
ranks with Alaska's largest and is actually one of four salmon Derbys in
town. This derby
gets underway in May. Entrants compete for prizes worth thousands of dollars.
Celebration of the Sea Art Walk - MAY
The art walk pays tribute to Ketchikan's waterfront community and the sea.
Most of the local galleries participate in this celebration of the sea on
the first Friday in May. Participating galleries will provide you with a map
of suggested routes to enjoy the celebration which reveals beautiful artwork
by local Alaskan artists.
The Fourth of July
The first week in July is the most popular week to visit Ketchikan and the
town always seems extra full. Several class reunions occur during this week
and it is one of the best weeks to fish for King Salmon. The fourth of July
celebration typically lasts about 3 days. Booths of many kinds are set up in
the downtown area. The day of the 4th traditionally starts with a parade
down Tongass Avenue. Some other events during the day are; a timber
carnival, bicycle and foot races, the rubber duck race and a car show. The
day ends with a spectacular firework display near the north end of Pennock
Fish Pirate's Daughter - JULY
Local history is told in the "Fish Pirate's Daughter", a melodrama comedy
which portrays characters in Ketchikan's early days. This very popular play
has been performed every summer since 1966 and usually takes place every
weekend during the month of July. The last several years it has been
preformed as a "dinner theater" with an all you can eat crab feed. The
audience participates with cheers for "Little Nell" and hisses for the
villains. The play lasts about 2 hours. For more information and tickets
contact First City Players; 907-225-4792.
Blueberry Art Festival - AUGUST
Usually held the first Saturday in August, the festival has a fun blueberry
theme. It is easy to find at the north end of Main Street and lasts most of
the day. The street is blocked and local artists set up booths and tables
displaying their arts and crafts. There is a slug race, pie eating contest,
trivia contest and many choices of blueberry cuisine. There is something fun
for the whole family.
Giggle Feet - AUGUST
Local and visiting dancers work in a variety of contemporary and traditional
styles. This is always a fun evening to enjoy the talent of Ketchikan's
artsy community. Giggle Feet is usually preformed on two consecutive nights
during the first weekend of August. It is co-sponsored by the First City
Players, Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council and the Ketchikan Theatre
Ballet. Contact First City Players for more information; 907-225-4792.
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