Petersburg | Southeast (Inside Passge)

Petersburg, midway between Ketchikan and Juneau, is at the northern end of the famed 21-mile-long Wrangell Narrows, a narrow but beautiful channel.
Alaska Marine Highway and Alaska Airlines connect Petersburg with Seattle  and other Alaskan communities.

This community, unlike many Alaskan towns, was never a tent-and-log-cabin  boom town. “Peter’s Burg” was carefully plotted by its Scandinavian founder Peter Buschmann, who started a salmon cannery and sawmill here in  1897.

The town of Petersburg was incorporated in 1910. Fishing and tourism are the mainstays of Petersburg’s approximate 3,100 residents. One of Alaska’s largest fishing fleets supplies salmon, halibut, shrimp and crab to the several fish processing and cold storage plants scattered along the waterfront.

Petersburg is a photographers dream as it is one of the prettiest towns on the shores of the Pacific.

Main Street parallels the waterfront with its canneries; wharves and fuel docks perched on pilings driven deep into the ocean floor. At the south end of Main Street, Sing Lee Alley winds between several old buildings including the Sons of Norway Hall. Nearby, a plank road skirts the warehouses and homes along the bank of Hammer Slough.

Clausen Memorial Museum, 203 Fram Street. Established in 1968, the Clausen Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of those who have lived and worked in Petersburg and the surrounding area.

U.S. Forest Service, Petersburg Ranger District 907-772-3871, 12 North Nordic Drive in downtown Petersburg.

Emergency only 911: State Troopers 772-3100; Petersburg Medical Center 772-4291.


Tides Inn

First and Dolphin, 907-772-4288 or toll free 1-800-665-8433. 48 rooms with baths, TV, conference room, continental breakfast.


The Trees RV Park

The Trees RV Park & General Store. Nestled in the rainforest of SE Alaska, located 1/4 mile from world-class King Salmon, Steelhead …


Tides Inn

Local tours and sightseeing. 907-772-4288


Norwegian Festival

Held each year on the third weekend of May, celebrates Norway’s Independence Day. This is a colorful event with old-country costumes, dances, …


Sons of Norway Hall

Sons of Norway Hall built in 1912, this building is on the National Registry for Historic Places. Originally built for social gatherings, …


LeConte Glacier

The Leconte Glacier is just 15 miles away by boat and is North America’s southern-most tidewater glacier. Tucked at the end of …


Wrangell Narrows

is found approximately 1.5 hours north of Wrangell. It is a 23 mile long channel that was dredged in the 1940’s to …


Clausen Memorial Museum

Clausen Memorial Museum. Enjoy a trip into the past as you explore the logging and fishing history of the local area. Learn …


Petersburg Marine Mammal Center

Petersburg Marine Mammal Center was established in 1998 in an effort to take advantage of the rich local marine activity to provide …

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Alaska Airlines

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