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 Wrangell
Centrally located in southeast Alaska, in the heart of the Inside Passage and the Tongass National Forest. Wrangell is easily accessible to all other major southeast communities as well as 2.5 hours by Alaska Airlines jet from the key hub
of Seattle, WA, 2 hours from Juneau, AK and 3.5 hours from Anchorage, AK.
RVers can visit Wrangell via the Alaska Marine Highway System. Boat charter companies also provide water taxi services to nearby communities.
Transportation within Wrangell is fairly easy. Many facilities are within walking distance in the downtown commercial area.
Wildlife abounds in the area. A variety of excursions get
you up close to glaciers, black and brown bears, eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, whales, salmon and halibut to name
a few. Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory is favorite spot to view brown and black bears feasting on salmon.
If history and cultural influences interest you, visit the Tlingit Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House Historic Monument,
and Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. Travel the Stikine River to visit the places where gold miners camped and garnets were mined, and see the abundant wildlife that lured the Hudson Bay Company to establish a settlement.
Outdoor adventure and activities await you. The protected waters in Southeast Alaska provide excellent sea
kayaking and opportunity for exploration by wildlife charter tours. Fishing is spectacular. Halibut and all 5 species of salmon, steelhead and trout are key targets by visiting fishermen.
Muskeg Meadows Golf Course is a USGA regulation course and has tournaments almost every weekend.
Wrangell Island has over 100 miles of forest roads that offer mountain bikers, hikers, RV’ers, and other explorers access to remote lakes, rivers, campsites, trails and scenic overlooks.
If you prefer a birds eye view of the surrounding area, flightseeing to glaciers, fjords, or cabins on remote lakes, or to Telegraph Creek in British Columbia are fun options.
Photo courtesy: Brewbooks
Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound, an irregular inlet in the Gulf of Alaska, has the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world. The 10,000 square miles of protected waterways provide calm waters, ideal for sightseeing cruises and boating. Mountains rise up to 9,000 feet from the water’s edge along some of it’s 3,800 miles of coastline. Of its 150 glaciers, 17 are tidewater glaciers which calve ice into sea.
An abundance of marine and coastal life inhabits the area. Bald eagles, marbled murrelets and black-legged kittiwakes are some of the 200,000 birds living in Prince William Sound during the summer. Black and brown bear, moose and mountain goats populate the land. Marine mammals including whales, stellar sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters live in the icy waters.
By road, you can reach Prince William Sound via a tunnel roadway to Whittier, a one-hour drive from Anchorage, or via the Richardson Highway to Valdez, Prince William Sound’s largest port.
Prince William Sound was originally named Sandwich Sound, after
the Earl of Sandwich, by Captain James Cook in 1778. It was later
renamed by British navigator George Vancouver to Prince William
Sound after the third son of King George, Prince William, who
Dawson City
Mayo
became King William IV.
ALASKA
Cantwell
33
NOR
77
135
Yukon River
109
73
139
111
212
112
8
4
37
10
43
107
137
230
109
139
12
120
167
66
Mt
Logan 5959 m (19,551 ft)
Skagway
Kake
Wrangell
3
Johnson’s Crossing
B
1
168
Teslin
161
68
150
70
66
King Salmon
Atlin
161
Alaska Peninsula
Silver City
Pelican
244
KODIAK ISLAND
Gulf of Alaska
98
44
Hyder
ANCHORAGE
Kenai
Homer
Seldovia
Cordova to Whittier......................... 63⁄4 hours
1
Port Lions to Homer ........................ 101⁄4 hours
9
Junction
Homer to KCoadriackro..s..s.......................... 91⁄2 hours
L P
Goo Hop Lake
SOUTHEAST ALASKA
8 Paxson 32
Glennallen Palmer
Creek YUKON Alaska Southcentral Carmacks Ross River
Whittier
Seward
Valdez Cordova
WHITEHORSE
To Make Reservations:
Mt Fairweather 15,300 ft
Haines
Hoonah
Sitka
JUNEAU
Dease Lake
Iskut Tatogga Lake
Alaska Marine Highway
6858 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, Alaska, 99801 Phone (907) 465-3941 • Fax: (907) 465-8824 Skagway (907) 983-2941
Toll Free 1-800-642-0066 (Juneau call center) Browse online updates to the schedule, web specials and news at www.ferryalaska.com. Online reservation requests available.
Bob Q Petersburg
Stewart
4
4
1
Pelly Crossing
Beaver RUNNING TIMEFTarAoBLE
Tok
PassSentegwerasrotn a glacier cruise enjoy views of Barry Glacier. Crossing
Watson Rancheria
Burwash Valdez to Cordova ............................ 5 hours
Landing
Destruction Bay
Braeburn 2
Whittier to Valdez ............................ 53⁄4 hours
Kodiak to Port Lions ........................ 21⁄2 hours
Haines
64
Homer to Seldovia............................ 11⁄2 hours
46
Tenakee
1
Meziad Juncti
Ketchikan
Swift River
7
Running times are approximate and listed for your convenience. Please contact the
Yakutat
local Alaska Marine Highway office on day of departure for more accurate times.
Tagish
6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Port Lions
Gustavus
Kodiak
Mt
St Elias 18,008 ft
Angoon
Ketchikan
Hollis Metlakatla
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