Is a favorite Alaska cruise port of mine. It’s brightly colored homes built close to the water makes it a most attractive Alaskan town. It’s a former fishing village – with much fishing still going on, so it’s an ideal place to buy your salmon. It’s known as the “salmon fishing capital of the world.”
In Ketchikan you can plan to fish for king and/or silver salmon and halibut as well. You’ll also find lingcod, Dolly Varden, varieties of trout, and red snapper in abundance as well. No need to hire a guide if you’re planning to fish off the bridge or from a skiff but a guide, or, a formal fishing excursion, is essential if you’re heading out to the open sea. Your experienced fishing guide will know where the fish are biting. And, of course, they’ll arrange to process your catch and ship it home for you.
In addition to fishing, there are many other activities in the area. The world’s largest collection of totem poles is in Ketchikan – you can check them out on your own or see then during a city tour. Many are located in the parks throughout the city. The really old ones are in climate controlled seclusion to preserve them and some are owned by private collectors. Be sure to visit the Tongass Historical Museum to learn about the region’s interesting and varied past. A walk down Creek Street is a must and a visit to Ketchikan’s most famous brothel, Dolly’s House Museum, is always fun. The city’s red light district was very popular from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. And, the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show always offers a rowdy good time! The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center offers information about what life in the area was like. Enjoy walking through the rainforest and experience a native fish camp during your visit.
Please call us at 559-324-8150 to help plan an extraordinary vacation to Ketchikan and Alaska.