About Wrangell Wrangell is a unique island community located in the heart of the Inside Passage and the Tongass National Forest, between Petersburg and Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska. It is the epitome of beautiful rugged Alaska and promises to provide all of the adventure you expect from a wilderness experience.
Wildlife Wildlife abounds in the area surrounding our town. Black and brown bears, moose, eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, humpback and killer whales, salmon and halibut, and more are all a part of the balance that exists between man and nature. Virtually every point on the island offers a photo opportunity. If you venture off the island, you are able to see and experience even more by taking a trip up the Stikine River to soak in the natural hot springs hot tubs, or heading out to the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory to view brown and black bears feasting on salmon.
Fishing Fishing is a way of life in Wrangell. We have a solid fishery industry and two local canneries that operate during the summer. Wrangell is a proud sponsor of the annual King Salmon Derby for avid sport fisherman, who have been known to catch King Salmon over 60 lbs! Fresh halibut, shrimp, clams, and crab are also among the many delightful offerings you have access to living in Wrangell.
Outdoor Activities Outdoor adventure and activities await you. The protected waters in Southeast Alaska provide excellent sea kayaking and opportunity for exploration by wildlife charter tours. Fishing is spectacular. Halibut and all 5 species of salmon, steelhead and trout are key targets by visiting fishermen. Muskeg Meadows Golf Course is a USGA regulation course and has tournaments almost every weekend.
Wrangell Island has over 100 miles of forest roads that offer mountain bikers, hikers, RV'ers, and other explorers access to remote lakes, rivers, campsites, trails and scenic overlooks. If you prefer a birds eye view of the surrounding area, flightseeing to glaciers, fjords, or cabins on remote lakes, or to Telegraph Creek in British Columbia are fun options. Visitors have opportunity to experience it all in Wrangell: glaciers, wildlife, adventure, outdoor activities, and fun.
History Wrangell is one of the oldest settlements in Alaska. Our history is rich with native cultural influences which are captured and celebrated with the Tlingit Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House Historic Monument, and Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. Traveling the Stikine River offers the opportunity to visit the places where gold miners camped and garnets were mined, and see the abundant wildlife that lured the Hudson Bay Company to establish a settlement.
Traveling to and From Wrangell Wrangell is easily accessible to all other major southeast communities as well as 2.5 hours by Alaska Airlines jet from the key hub of Seattle, WA, 2 hours from Juneau, AK and 3.5 hours from Anchorage, AK.
Primary access to Wrangell is via Alaska Airlines daily jet service or by the Alaska Marine Highway System. Small fixed and float plane companies, such as Sunrise Aviation in Wrangell, can also offer transportation between communities. Most boat charter companies also provide water taxi services to nearby communities.
Transportation within Wrangell is fairly easy. Many facilities are in walking distance with the downtown commercial area. There is a taxi service, Practical Rent-a-car is located at the airport, and a van is available for Senior needs.