Petersburg - Alaska Gateway to Frederick Sound

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    Petersburg Mountain on Kupreanof Island Overlooks the Petersburg Marina

    Petersburg Mountain on Kupreanof Island Overlooks the Petersburg Marina
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Petersburg Mountain on Kupreanof Island Overlooks the Petersburg Marina. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison

    Inside Passage Port of Call in Southeast Alaska

    Petersburg is at the northern end of the Wrangell Narrows, a small channel near Frederick Sound in Alaska's Inside Passage in southeast Alaska. Petersburg was founded by a Norwegian homesteader, and the small town still retains a Norwegian flair. Tourism and fishing are the two main draws to Petersburg. The town has one of Alaska's largest fishing fleets, several processing plants, and is one of the richest small communities in the state.

    During the summer fishing season, Petersburg's canneries are filled with hundreds of workers from around the world. Our Petersburg guide told us that workers from over 20 countries were there, living in dormitories and large tents. The pay is good, and some workers migrate back and forth between their home countries and Petersburg each year.

    Tourists like Petersburg because of its proximity to Frederick Sound, the summer feeding ground of hundreds of humpback whales. Scenic LeConte Glacier, the...MORE southernmost saltwater terminating glacier in North America, is only 30 miles away. In addition, the hiking around the town and on nearby Kupreanof Island is excellent.

    The Petersburg Mountain Trail is 7 miles roundtrip and leads from the Kupreanof State Dock to the mountain's summit.

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    Petersburg, Alaska Marina

    Petersburg, Alaska Marina
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Petersburg, Alaska Marina. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Stellar Sea Lion in Petersburg Marina

    Stellar Sea Lion in Petersburg Marina
    ••• Things to See in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Stellar Sea Lion in Petersburg Marina. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Hiking in the Rain Forest near Petersburg, Alaska

    Hiking in the Rain Forest near Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Hiking in the Rain Forest near Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rain Forest Hiking in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage

    Rain Forest Hiking in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Rain Forest Hiking in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Petersburg Creek Trail on Kuprenof Island

    Petersburg Creek Trail on Kuprenof Island
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Petersburg Creek Trail on Kuprenof Island. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Inlet on Petersburg Creek Hike

    Inlet on Petersburg Creek Hike
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Inlet on Petersburg Creek Hike. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison

    After passing through a rain forest and muskeg, the Petersburg Creek Trail on Kurpreanof Island reaches this inlet leading to the Wrangell Narrows.

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    Muskeg on the Petersburg Creek Trail in Southeast Alaska

    Muskeg on the Petersburg Creek Trail in Southeast Alaska
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Muskeg on the Petersburg Creek Trail in Southeast Alaska. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Hiking Across the Muskeg in Southeast Alaska

    Hiking Across the Muskeg in Southeast Alaska
    ••• Things to Do in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Hiking Across the Muskeg in Southeast Alaska. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fisherman's Memorial Park in Petersburg, Alaska

    Fisherman's Memorial Park in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Things to See in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage Fisherman's Memorial Park in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
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    5 Fingers Lighthouse in Frederick Sound Near Petersburg, Alaska

    5 Fingers Lighthouse in Frederick Sound Near Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown 5 Fingers Lighthouse in Frederick Sound Near Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The 5 Fingers Lighthouse sits in a pretty setting in Frederick Sound near Petersburg, Alaska.

    The 5 Fingers Lighthouse was originally built in 1902 and rebuilt in 1935 after a fire in 1933. The lighthouse was automated in 1984.

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    Petersburg Harbor Buoy - Wrangell Narrows in Alaska

    Petersburg Harbor Buoy - Wrangell Narrows in Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Petersburg Harbor Buoy - Wrangell Narrows in Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Steller Sea Lions on the Petersburg Harbor Buoy in Petersburg, Alaska

    Steller Sea Lions on the Petersburg Harbor Buoy in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Sea Lions Greet Visitors to Petersburg Steller Sea Lions on the Petersburg Harbor Buoy in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Sea lions in the southern hemisphere like to hang out on red buoys, too. This photo of Galapagos sea lions looks very much like this one!

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    Stellar Sea Lions in Petersburg, Alaska

    Stellar Sea Lions in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Close up View of Stellar Sea Lions on a Harbor Buoy in Petersburg Stellar Sea Lions in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Sea lions have articulated flippers that allow them to climb up on buoys for a quick snooze.

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    View of Petersburg, Alaska from the Wrangell Narrows

    View of Petersburg, Alaska from the Wrangell Narrows
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown View of Petersburg, Alaska from the Wrangell Narrows. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Petersburg is a pretty town, laid out by its first Norwegian settlers.

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    Island House near Petersburg, Alaska

    Island House near Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Island House near Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Our guide told us that the local dentist lives in this island house in the Wrangell Narrows. He commutes via boat each day to his office in Petersburg.

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    Boat Harbor in Petersburg, Alaska

    Boat Harbor in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Boat Harbor in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fog Rolls Across Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg, Alaska

    Fog Rolls Across Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Fog Rolls Across Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Petersburg Fish Processing Plant

    Petersburg Fish Processing Plant
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Petersburg Fish Processing Plant. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Viking ship logo of this fish processing plant reminded me of the one for Viking River Cruises. Don't they look similar?

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    Commercial Fishing Boat in Petersburg, Alaska

    Commercial Fishing Boat in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Commercial Fishing Boat in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cannery on the Docks at Petersburg, Alaska

    Cannery on the Docks at Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Petersburg Is Famous for Fishing, Tourism, and Norwegian Connection Cannery on the Docks at Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Most fish "canneries" do more than just can fish--they flash freeze them for shipment to fish markets in the US and abroad.

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    Boat Harbor in Petersburg, Alaska

    Boat Harbor in Petersburg, Alaska
    ••• Cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska on the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown Boat Harbor in Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison