The town of Pelican is nestled deep in Lisianski Inlet, a narrow fjord carved by glaciers between the towering snow-capped mountains of Yakobi and Chichagof Islands. The route by float plane to Pelican is one of the most scenic in Southeast Alaska, passing over sheltered coves, alongside alpine slopes and finally descending into the Inlet with its rafts of otters and the occasional orca pod.
Pelican is world famous for being “closest to the fish,” as the open ocean lays just at the end of the Inlet. With the abundant halibut and salmon fishing grounds right outside of town, fishermen can enjoy immediate fishing without the time-consuming hours and hours of motoring required to reach the fish up North.
The town itself is built out over the Inlet, much of it on piling, with a wooden boardwalk running right down the center. A number of seasoned fishing guides are available in Pelican from world-class full service lodges to day-trip boats. If you want to fish, Pelican can match any itinerary or budget. See our listing of lodges and guides for more information.
If salmon or halibut fishing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities to be found in Pelican, like whale watching, kayak rentals and hiking trails. If you are adventure-bound, rent a boat out to the White Sulfur Hot Springs—a remote natural hot spring set on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Or, hitch a ride with Alaska Seaplanes up to one of the high alpine lakes outside of town. There are several US Forest Service cabins within a short flight from Pelican.
For a great hot meal, stop in to the Lisianski Inlet Café. Vic and Karen make the best burgers west of Chatham Strait. Afterwards you can stroll down the boardwalk to the world famous Rose’ Bar and Grill.
Whether you’re a hard core fisherman, naturalist, or just looking for tranquility and one of the most dramatic settings in Alaska, Pelican has something for everyone. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or give us a call at (907) 789-3331 to book your trip to Pelican today!