Pelican Day Tours & Attractions

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Relax in some of Alaska’s hot springs, nat­u­ral­ly heat­ed by the earth below

The best way to view bears, whales, orca and more while in Pel­i­can is to char­ter a knowl­edge­able captain.

Just off the board­walk, Pel­i­can Ele­men­tary School and Pel­i­can Mid­dle-High School are gath­er­ing places for the young peo­ple of the com­mu­ni­ty. Chil­dren enjoy the play­ground, swings and green spaces, as well as the out­door bas­ket­ball court and school gym.

Vis­it­ing Pel­i­can some­times seems like you’ve stepped back in time: even more so if you get a chance to check out the community’s still-func­tion­ing 1952 fire truck. The 500-gal­lon-per-minute pump is ready for action on this rig, which has seen only board­walk miles.

Pel­i­can Creek Bridge is just a few min­utes from Pelican’s har­bor. This is a great place for view­ing salmon that are head­ed upstream to spawn­ing sites. Check it out in July and August for the best view­ing opportunities.

Set­tle in with a book and a view of the har­bor, or check your email at Pelican’s Pub­lic Library.

Tsimshi­an mas­ter carv­er Stan Mars­den led the com­mu­ni­ty of Pel­i­can in design­ing, carv­ing and rais­ing totem poles to sym­bol­ize the spir­it of Pel­i­can – an inde­pen­dent, close-knit fish­ing com­mu­ni­ty. You can see their hand­i­work in the Uni­ty pole in front of City Hall and in the raven and bear poles in front of Pel­i­can High School.

Soak your cares away while sur­round­ed by dra­mat­ic views of the wilder­ness and the Pacif­ic Ocean. White Sul­phur Springs offers both indoor and out­door warm pools and is just a short boat ride from Pel­i­can. This is a favorite hot spot (lit­er­al­ly!) for kayak­ers, boaters, local res­i­dents and fish­er­men and women.

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Parks & Trails View All

Yako­bi Island’s Bohemia Basin, just 7 miles north­west of Pel­i­can, offers shel­ter, and a 4‑mile trek through old-growth for­est, past lakes, and an his­toric min­ing area. Plan to hike and camp out to ful­ly enjoy this rugged and remote part of the world. 

A short but stren­u­ous hike up Pelican’s moun­tain­side pro­vides great views of Lisian­s­ki Inlet. Climb 300 feet in half a mile and you’ll have your work­out in for the day. Take a friend and watch for brown bear! 

Explore Yako­bi Island’s lush rain­for­est on the 8‑mile round-trip Taka­nis Lake Trail (also known as Bohemia Trail). It begins at the mouth of Bohemia Creek and wan­ders through old-growth for­est, past two lakes, and an his­toric nick­el mine from the 1920s and 30s. 

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Fairs & Festivals View All

Come to Pel­i­can the first week­end in June to try your luck at the King Salmon Der­by. June is the best time to catch a fat, sweet King, espe­cial­ly along the coastal waters of near­by Yako­bi Island.

The biggest com­mu­ni­ty par­ty of the year in Pel­i­can is the 4th of July cel­e­bra­tion, which starts a day ear­ly with a big fire­works dis­play late on July 3rd. Live music, quirky con­tests, a parade and a com­mu­ni­ty pic­nic round out the festivities.

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Fishing Charters View All

Pel­i­can Joe’s is a small oper­a­tion, but that does not mean you will have a sec­ond rate expe­ri­ence. They take per­son­al care of their clients; help­ing to sched­ule trav­el on Alas­ka Sea­planes and meet­ing guests at the dock. And, when the fish­ing is done, they will fil­let, pack­age, and freeze your catch! To top it all off, they’ll fix you incred­i­ble meals to enjoy. 

Lar­ry Jar­rets Wild Alas­ka Lodge is a full ser­vice sport fish­ing oper­a­tion. Cast for Salmon, Hal­ibut and Rock Fish in beau­ti­ful Pel­i­can, Alas­ka. While out on the boat, you may be able to spot bears for­ag­ing along the shore­line or whales breaching.The inn fea­tures 6 bed­rooms as well as a small gro­cery store. 

Chico­bi Char­ters spe­cial­izes in salmon and hal­ibut sport fish­ing, and they offer lodg­ing over­look­ing Pel­i­can Har­bor in their four bed­room townhouse. 

All inclu­sive mul­ti-day fish­ing and lodg­ing in Pel­i­can, Alaska. 

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