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Did you know...Petersburg is located on Frederick Sound near the summer feeding grounds of HUNDREDS of Humpback Whales?
Wrangell offers over 100 miles of forest roads that allow mountain bikers, hikers, and other explorers access to remote lakes, rivers, and scenic overlooks. Several maintained trails provide immediate immersion into the surrounding lush temperate rainforest. If you prefer a birds eye view of the area, flight seeing is offered to glaciers, fjords, or cabins on remote lakes. Fishing is spectacular in Wrangell. Halibut and all 5 species of salmon are key targets. Wrangell also has the only regulation USGA rated gold course in Southeast Alaska. Muskeg Meadows has tournament almost every weekend.
Petersburg, at the north end of the Wrangell Narrows (a 22-mile channel only 300 feet wide and 19 feet deep in places) is the center of Norwegian culture in Alaska. This community of roughly 3,000 is centered around a busy waterfront lined with wharfs, fishing vessels and weathered boathouses. Tidy homes and businesses, many adorned with distinctive flowery Norwegian rosemaling, line the quiet streets. The majority of visitors arrive by the Alaska Marine Highway ferries, a number of small cruise ships and daily jet service. Petersburg lies across Frederick Sound from a spectacular glaciated wall of alpine peaks - including the distinctive Devil's Thumb - that form a skyline of jagged snowcapped summits. Nearby LeConte Glacier discharges icebergs to the delight of visitors.
Activities in Wrangell & Petersburg:
The protected waters of the Inside Passage are filled with Islands and bays and harbors rich with wildlife providing excellent sea kayaking, fishing, glacier viewing and whale watching tours. The Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area, with its beautiful LeConte Glacier calving off tons of bright blue icebergs, is a short boat ride away. Land based wildlife viewing such as birding and bear viewing are also popular.
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