Tenakee Springs Day Tours & Attractions
Day Tours & Attractions
Discover Southeast Alaska’s natural wonders aboard a chartered sailboat with Sailing Alaska. Customize your private expedition with experienced captain John Joeright and enjoy all-inclusive meals, comfortable accommodations, and endless adventures on the 46-foot S/V Shamrock. Watch whales, hike, fish, visit local communities, and more — all at your own pace.
Relax in some of Alaska’s hot springs, naturally heated by the earth below
Whale, orca, bears and eagles are all attracted to the all-you-can-eat buffet of Salmona, and that means the wildlife viewing is optimal at Tenakee Springs
If you like small-town Independence Day celebrations, you’ll love this one. It’s an all-day celebration of tasty food and quirky games, featuring kids, dogs, floats, flags…and slugs. It begins with a parade of people walking and riding bikes and four-wheelers along Tenakee Avenue, beginning at the fire hall.
The rainforest has devoured most of their remains, but a half-dozen canneries along Tenakee Inlet fueled its development and growth for nearly 100 years. Before modern refrigeration and icing techniques aboard fishing boats, canneries by necessity were located close to fishing grounds at places like Tenakee and Pelican.
This turn-of-the-century relic harks back to Tenakee’s busier times as a hub for miners, loggers and fishermen who hit town for a soak in the springs and a good time. It has served as everything from a jail, pool hall, dance hall, senior center to a bakery and art gallery.
No visit to Tenakee would be complete without a long soak in the hot springs, whose healing properties drew the Tlingit people to this area long ago. The springs, which include a beautifully-restored bathhouse and changing room, are right in the middle of town, across from Tenakee Springs Market.
Sea View Cottage is a turn-key, fully furnished, split level rental cabin (500ft.sq heated living space) with fully equipped kitchen, potable water, washer dryer, flush toilet, upstairs bedroom w/queen size bed (firm). Heating is with an, easy, modern Toyo oil stove and the cabin has a large covered deck. To sleep four, an additional inflatable queen size Coleman mattress is provide with an electric pump.
Hike through forested paths along the shoreline east or west of Tenakee Springs. Heading west brings you to many beautiful little bays. Going east leads you over a picturesque suspension bridge, then to Cannery Point and Coffee Cove. Eventually you’ll find one of the old logging roads, which could lead you all the way to Hoonah!
Small cabin in downtown Tenakee located right around the corner from the Bathhouse. A clean, comfortable quiet place to stay offering a king bed, a kitchen to do your own cooking: dishes, pots, utensils provided along with coffee pot, toaster, microwave and stovetop. Towels and soap are provided for your soak in the bathhouse.
Premium fishing for salmon and halibut on the always calm waters of Tenakee inlet. Whale watching and bear viewing. Excellent up close wildlife photographic experiences. Captain Tuck Harry has over 40 years of experience in the wild. Kayaking is also available. Complete packages.
Tenakee Springs Market opened as Snyder Mercantile in 1899. Over the years it’s been a main resource for residents and travelers. Today it’s considered the best store in Southeast Alaska, carrying a little bit of everything you’ll find in a large grocery, plus top shelf whiskeys, wines and beer from all over the globe.
Open for a few hours every day but Monday and Friday, the public library in Tenakee offers Internet access, children’s programming and many books and DVDs for check-out. It’s located conveniently on West Tenakee Avenue, above the community center.