Hoonah / Icy Strait Points of Interest
Points of Interest
Right in the middle of Hoonah is the truly unique experience of seeing local Tlingit carvers at work and getting some insight into their culture. Watch them carve totem poles and learn the purpose of these gorgeous works of art. You’ll also find many beautiful totem poles, as well as murals painted by locals, all around Hoonah.
A natural hot spring that is piped into an outdoor hot tub accessible by a 0.2 mile boardwalk that winds its way through a muskeg. It’s a nine-mile hike, bike ride or ski on a wide trail from Eight Fathom Cabin. Some visitors say the water is 5 – 7 degrees cooler than the optimum of 102 degrees F., so go on a warm day.
According to the Audubon Society, two of the most iconic and photogenic birds of coastal Alaska — the belted kingfisher and great blue heron — are spotted fishing in this stream location. The bridge crossing Spasski is a good location to pull over and look.
The renovated, historic cannery is the base for more than 20 local tours including bear-viewing at nearby Spassky Creek, bird-watching and guaranteed whale watching. It also features restaurants, a walking trail, a cannery museum and the world’s largest ZipRider.
Hoonah has a first-class harbor, and guests can utilize the transient dock in the inner harbor or the city dock right downtown. You’ll find electricity, fresh water, restrooms with showers, and Wi-Fi. If you’re boating and need maintenance or repairs, you can take advantage of the tidal grid and dockside hoist.
Explore the gorgeous Tongass National Forest on more than 150 miles of old logging roads. Take advantage of all sorts of activities like picnics, berry picking, and hunting (in season). Popular spots are Kennel Creek, Bear Paw Lake, and False Bay — home to a gorgeous beach that’s the perfect spot for a bonfire.