Prince of Wales Island is part of the Alexander Archipelago and is the third largest island in the United States yet the population is only 6,000 people.
It was the traditional home of the Tlingit people who lived there for centuries, however, in the late 18th century the territory was taken over by the Kaigani Haida.
On July 15th, 1741, Aleksei Chirikov, commanding a ship on Vitus Bering’s second voyage to the area, is believed to have made the first European landfall on Prince of Wales Island. He attempted to land men on the Island but lost both of his small boats in mysterious circumstances and was forced to abandon his efforts. Spanish, British and Russian explorers all made frequent stops on the Island trying to establish dominance but no country was successful.
Prince of Wales Island is one of the most unspoiled wilderness places in North America and yet it is highly accessible. A road system that is over 2000 miles long spans the Island. It consists of mostly gravel roads that were originally built by the logging industry. These roads access the Tongass National Forest, which comprises much of the Island. Tourism, including sport fishing, has become an important part of Prince of Wales’ economy.
El Capitan Cave Interpretive Site is the largest known cave in Alaska and is one of the longest-mapped caves in North America. It has been mapped for over 2 miles underground and can be visited only during the summer. The US Forest Service operates a cave tour, however, the trail to the cave is strenuous and steep, consisting of 367 stairs. Only attempt if you are physically fit.
Coffman Cove began as a logging camp and has now become an amazing travel destination. It is surrounded by an unspoiled landscape where seeing wildlife such as bears, whales, herons and sea lions all in the same day is not only possible but very likely.
There is plenty of adventure for the whole family on Coffman Cove, including hiking, kayaking, fishing or boating. It has everything you need for your comfort including a library with wireless internet, “The Riggin Shack,” which is a general merchandise and grocery store and the Bait Box Take-Out Restaurant for burgers, pulled pork and milkshakes. There is also a gas station, tavern, liquor store and guided fishing charters.
Accommodations include a lodge with several rooms and a bunkhouse, a nice bed & breakfast or you can stay in one of the local cabins.
The fishing in the area is excellent for salmon, halibut and trout. Experience kayaking or canoeing along the protected shoreline or simply take some time to unwind.
Coffman Cove began as a logging camp and has now become an amazing travel destination. An unspoiled landscape where it is possible to see wildlife such as bears, whales, herons, sea lions and incredible bird watching all in the same day. There is plenty of adventure for the whole Family including hiking, kayaking, fishing or boating. Coffman Cove has everything you need for your comfort including a library with wireless internet, the Riggin Shack which is a general merchandise and grocery store, the Bait Box serving hamburgers and sandwiches, the Coffee Break serving various coffee, tea and smoothies, a gas station, as well as guided fishing charters.