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Petersburg - Alaska

Misty Fjords & a notable glacier

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The fish canning center of the Southeast, Petersburg has a delightful Norwegian flavor. It's a "picture postcard" town unaffected by cruise ship tourism. Rosemaling decoration is found on many of the town's buildings.

Petersburg is close to the LeConte Glacier, accessible by plane (907) 772-9258, and the southernmost glacier on the continent to calve icebergs into the sea. Native (Tlingit) villages are found at Kake, on Kupreanof Island, and at Angoon. There are three fish canneries in town.

The Clausen Memorial Museum (2nd Avenue & Fram Street) has displays on fishing history and techniques as well as Native artifacts. The Heintzleman Tree Nursery, (907) 772-3841, and Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery are open to the public. In mid-May, Petersburg holds its Little Norway Festival, commemorating Norwegian independence.

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Practical Information

The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is found in the office of the Chamber of Commerce, in the Harbormasters Building on the downtown dock, (907) 772-3646.

The U.S. Forest Service operates a visitor information center in the Federal Building (post office), at Haugen Street and Nordic Drive. The office is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ketchikan is headquarters for Misty Fjords National Monument and the Ketchikan Ranger District of Tongass National Forest. For advance information, call (907) 225-3101. The ranger station is located at 3031 Tongass Avenue, open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Alaska Marine Highway terminal is one mile from downtown, on Mitkof Highway. The ferry system has service to and from Bellingham, Washington, as well as runs to all of the Southeast Alaska mainline cities, including, Sitka, Wrangell and Juneau, and also to Prince Rupert, B.C.

The airport is one mile from downtown, via Haugen Drive (907) 772-4225. 

Camping

LeConte RV Park, P.O. Box 1534, Petersburg AK 99833, (907) 772-4680

This campground, with facilities for RVs, trailers, and tenters, is located at 4th Street and Haugen Drive, one mile from the ferry terminal. It's within walking distance of downtown. There are hookups, showers, and a laundry.

 

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Tides Inn
Corner of 1st & Dolphin St. -- 307 N. First Street
Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: Toll Free 800.665.8433
Local 907.772.4288 -- Fax: 907772.4286
There are few choices in accommodations in Petersburg, however the Tides Inn offers standard motel-style rooms and kitchenettes are available. the building has two storys with 45 rooms, work stations and dining tables. Dogs welcome with refundable deposit. Continental breakfast is served daily. AAA and AARP discounts. Fishing Licenses sold.

Rainbow Beach Cottage
913 Sandy Beach Rd. -- Petersburg, Alaska 99833
907-772-3457
This is not a B&B. The new 430 sq.ft. apartment is the beach-level of a three-storey tower cottage built by the host who uses the upper two levels as his home and architecture studio. This vacation rental has a covered deck and private side-entrance leading into the living area which features a a 180 degree view of Frederick Sound and the Coast Mountains. A well appointed kitchen, dining and living area, and a one-of-a-kind queen-size bed all share the dramatic view. There's a small bath with a corner shower. Meals are not provided, but the kitchen is well equipped. For information, call the number above, or go here.

Scandia House
110 N. Nordic Drive -- Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: 907-772-4281 -- or toll-free 800-722-5006
This is Petersburg's newest Hotel offering Norwegian hospitality. It has a downtown location, harbor views, courtesy van, car & skiff rentals. The hotel has 33 rooms from standard rooms to suites with private bath and kitchen. Continental breakfast is served daily. Children welcome, under 12 free. Rental boats available.

 

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