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Situated on an isthmus separating Chatham Strait and the protected waters of Favorite Bay, Angoon has been a permanent settlement of the Kootznoowoo Tlingit people for centuries. Angoon is on Admiralty Island, most of which is covered by the Tongass National Forest.
Fortress of Brown Bears
With an indigenous history that dates back over 1,000 years, the culture of Angoon can be seen in the painted fronts of the village’s 16 tribal community houses and in the Tlingit name for the town.
Angoon is home to a dense population of wildlife. The name, Kootznoowoo, is translated from the word Xootsnoowú from the native language of the Tlingit tribe. The name means “fortress of brown bears” and is fitting as the region is inhabited by an estimated 1,600 brown bears. Angoon also has a dense population of Sitka black-tailed deer as well as the world’s highest density population of bald eagles. This makes bird watching a great opportunity in Angoon.
Many visitors to Angoon are day-trippers, arriving and departing from Juneau. For visitors seeking more than a day trip, there are two lodges in Angoon that offer all-inclusive packages including food and charter services. Also available, are U.S. Forest Service cabins that can be rented and reserved in advance.
There are a variety of activities in Angoon. The village itself offers much to explore, such as Clan houses and their totems that serve as the backdrop for a rich and historic culture that continues to thrive.
A highlight in Angoon is Admiralty Island. Pack Creek is the top bear-viewing area. Pack Creek is part of the State Wildlife Sanctuary and gives brown bears a protected habitat while also providing a place where visitors can get an up-close view. Additionally, the sanctuary is habitat to Sitka black-tailed deer, river otter, mink, marten, and other mammals.
For those who are avid bird watchers, Pack Creek is also home to a wide range of bird life including eagles, seagulls, ravens, crows, kingfishers, a wonderful array of different hummingbirds, sparrows, swans, and migrating geese.
A permit system regulates the number of daily visitors, so make sure to check out information on permits, guides, and nearby public-use cabins with the Tongass National Forest.
More wildlife can be seen offshore and along the coast. Visitors can view sea lions, orcas, porpoises, sea otters, and Humpback whales. This rich assortment of wildlife makes this corner of Admiralty Island the perfect place to spend the day.
For those who enjoy kayaking, take a look at the Danger Point Trail and Cross Admiralty Canoe/Kayak Route. A 32-mile trail system begins in Angoon and links to eight major lakes and seven portages, allowing paddlers to travel from the east end of Mitchell Bay to Mole Harbor in Seymour Canal. For those who prefer to hike, a sand spit and an observation tower along the creek are accessible via a one-mile trail.
Angoon Departure locations
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