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Getting to Hoonah

Alaska Seaplanes provides service up to 6 times daily in summer and 3 times daily in winter. Charter service, weather permitting is also available.

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Historically, Hoonah was a natural resource-driven economy, with the fishing and timber industries continuing to be employers in the town. Today, recreational activities abound in Hoonah and Chichigof Island, with fishing, kayaking, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing all offered with both guided and self-directed excursions available.

About Hoonah

The Little City with a Big Heart

On Chichagof Island, 30 miles west of Juneau in Alaska’s scenic Inside Passage, lies the community of Hoonah. Initially a Tlingit village, Hoonah remains the largest Tlingit community today and members of the Hoonah Tlingit tribe have lived in the area for thousands of years. Known as the Little City with a Big Heart, Hoonah is a family-oriented and closely-knit community of friendly and caring people.

Today Hoonah is home to Icy Strait Point, one of the world’s most productive salmon canneries. The facility was initially built in 1912 and then re-built in the early 2000’s to become a port for cruise ships. The cannery also houses a museum, local arts and crafts shops, restaurants, the ZipRider, and a cannery line display from the mid-1930’s which makes it a great attraction for visitors.

Hoonah Activities

  • Parks


    Local parks for travelers to visit include K’eidaladee Park and Glacier Bay National Park.

  • Wildlife and Hunting

    Wildlife and Hunting

    Hoonah has a large brown bear population and is also home to mammals such as Sitka black-tailed deer, land otters, marten, beavers, mink, and red squirrels. Make sure to get in contact with a local guide at Alaska Department of Fish & Game for the current hunting regulations and federal lands regulations.
    There are also a variety of marine animals that make Hoonah their home. Among the marine animals are Humpback and Orca whales, sea lions, porpoises, sea otters, and seals.
    In the summer of 2007 Hoonah had a record number of individual Humpback whales identified near the Point Adolphus-Glacier Bay area. With 161 whale sightings, Hoonah is a great place for whale watching.

  • Bird Watching

    Bird Watching

    There are more than 250 different species of birds that inhabit. Check out Hoonah Harbor and Icy Strait Point for tours and prime bald eagle spotting areas.

  • Hiking


    Hoonah contains more than 200 miles of dirt roads available for hiking and biking. Grab a Chichagof Island/Hoonah Area Road map at the Forest Service Complex.

  • Sport Fishing

    Sport Fishing

    There are five species of salmon that migrate to the fishing grounds in Hoonah and the Icy Strait is where the current sport-caught record-holding coho was caught.

  • Zip Lining

    Zip Lining

    Icy Strait Point is host to ZipRider: the world’s longest zip line at 5,300 feet long and 1,300 feet high.

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