Tenakee Springs Points of Interest

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Points of Interest

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

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.

TLC Man­age­ment LLC, or Tena­kee Log­ging Com­pa­ny pro­vides selec­tive and sus­tain­ably cut high qual­i­ty tim­ber for builders, luthiers, ship­wrights and artists in SE Alas­ka. And, they cut tim­ber to mill for build­ing projects in Tena­kee Springs. 

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.

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.

No bus­es come by the Tena­kee Bus Stop, just folks look­ing to trade a book or some cloth­ing at the take one, leave one” trad­ing shop. The Bus Stop name is an insider’s joke in this com­mu­ni­ty, where it takes just a few min­utes to walk wher­ev­er you need to go.

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