Things to do in Ketchikan

Things to do in Ketchikan…

Creek Street known as one the best boardwalks in the world. Formerly the Red Light District, Historic Creek Street is a short walk from the docks and a great place to visit famous Dolly’s House, view totem poles, shop at locally-owned stores and galleries, enjoy local art and culture. In the summer months thousands of salmon return and make their way up the creek. Also from the board walk you can take a tram up the mountainside to Cape Fox Lodge and restaurant for lunch or dinner with a panorama view of Ketchikan.
*Creek Street Websites…

Ketchikan Alaska Salmon

Salmon in Ketchikan Creek on Creek Street by Hamilton Gelhar ©

Ketchikan’s Museum & Librarylocated in the same building at 629 Dock Street and near Creek Street. The Museum is a great place to see and learn more about the history, art, and culture of Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska. The Museum features permanent and ever changing temporary exhibits featuring Alaskan memorabilia, a collection of Native Alaskan artifacts, and historical photographs.
*More info at the Tongass Historical Museum’s Website…

Ketchikan Totem Heritage Center – a short walk from Creek Street and adjacent to the City Park between Deermount and Woodland Streets. The center contains some 33 original totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan. The Totem Heritage Center also preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian through classes that teach such arts as carving, tool making and basketry
*More info at the Totem Heritage Center’s Website…

Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center – a short walk from Creek Street and adjacent to the Totem Heritage. The Hatchery releases tens of thousands of coho and king salmon smolts (two-year-olds) each year. At the Hatchery visit observation platforms and educational displays concerning the salmon’s life cycle. See Bald Eagles and other raptors such as Great-Horned Owls, Red-Tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcon, and Turkey Vulture at the Eagle Center.
*More info at the Hatchery & Eagle Center Website…

Bald Eagle Photo

Bald Eagle by Hamilton Gelhar ©

Saxman Totem Pole

Saxman Totem Park by Hamilton Gelhar ©

Saxman Totem Park – approx 3 miles from Creek Street and downtown Ketchikan. Saxman Totem Park has one of the largest gatherings of totems in the world. Enter the Beaver Clan House where you are welcomed by song and dance by the Cape Fox Dance group. A great place to see World renowned Master Carvers such as Nathan Jackson work on their carving projects.
*More information with Alaska Sourdough Tours

Totem Bight State Historical Park this park is located 9.5 miles north of Creek Street and downtown Ketchikan. Totem Bight Park is home to 14 totem poles and a community house or clan house. Totem Bight is pristinely located amongst tall cedar trees and on the ocean.
*More information at the Totem Bight State Park Website…

Totem Bight State Park - Ketchikan Alaska by Hamilton Gelhar ©