Points of Interest
Spotting eagles is a highlight of any visit to Alaska. Ketchikan has 30 nesting sites weighing in up to 2,000 pounds and measure 6 feet deep. Eagle’s remain in Ketchikan because eagles know they won’t starve here. Eagles are carnivores and live to eat fish, so you’ll see them plenty at the mouth of salmon streams. Eagles even hang around in winter; the water remains ice-free, and the fish keep coming.
Refuge Cove State Recreation Site is a sliver of land lining part of an edge of a neighborhood and is a popular beach picnicking destination with the locals. The site comes complete with pit toilets, sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables with fire grates, and a quarter-mile trail accompanied by interpretive signs that address the local natural history.
Want to experience a little piece of rustic, old-timey Ketchikan? Head to the Main Street Gallery at 7 p.m. every second Friday of the month for a night of square dancing. Popular year-round (but especially in the summer), this is a great way to socialize like the pioneers did 100 years ago. Never square danced before? No worries. The regular dancers are a friendly, inclusive crew, ready to teach you how it’s done.
Ketchikan Arts & Humanities Council (KAAHC) is the powerhouse of Ketchikan’s arts community; if there’s an arts event in Ketchikan, this organization is on it! Located at the Main Street Gallery, KAAHC produces dozens of art events annually, such as summer’s Blueberry Arts Festival and February’s famous Wearable Arts Show.