One of Alaska’s oldest settlements, the fur trade brought Russian traders here in the early 1800s. The Americans established a military post in 1868 and named it Fort Wrangell. The town boomed during the great Gold Rush of the late 19th century and Wrangell sported gambling halls, dance halls, booze, and lawlessness. Today, commercial fishing and timber still are the mainstays for Wrangell’s economy. Explore nearby Stikine River home to hundreds of species of migrating birds, spectacular glacial valleys or watch the bears at Anan Falls rain forest.

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  • Island Highlights & Native Cultural Tour

    This brief but very enjoyable tour gives you a personalized look at some of Wrangell's most popular attractions, all in the comfort of a van.

    Wrangell is the only community in Alaska to have been ruled by four nations, the Tlingit, Russian, British and United States. The community is rich in Alaska Native history. Your fully guided tour will give you a glimpse into the world of the Tlingit People. Once a great nation, the Tlingit territory spread from Dixon Entrance in the south, near the city of Ketchikan, to the small village of Yakutat, the northern most community on the Inside Passage. The territory that the Tlingits ruled is comparable to that of the country of Norway.

    Enjoy a personalized tour of Wrangell's most popular attractions in a small group with your own Alaska Native driver guide. This tour is fully narrated and gives you an orientation of the island and its attractions. Three great sites are visited: Nolan Center & Museum, Chief Shakes Island and Petroglyph Beach. The tour departs from and returns to the cruise ship dock. Guest will have the opportunity to attend a native interpretation perromance. Bottled water and a souvenir petroglyph rubbing are included.

    Please note: This tour includes minimal walking; however, the sites are not wheelchair accessible and it is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

  • Wrangell Highlights

    Discover the highlights of this truly Alaskan town and see its colorful history and native culture to life while visiting the Wrangell Museum and Petroglyph Beach with Kiks Adi Totem Park and Alaskan Native interpretation.

    Departing the pier, meander downtown Wrangell to Kiks Adi Totem Park. Here, interpretive narration is provided by local natives. Then, learn about the Stikine River and its significant influence on the development of Wrangell as you pass through the town and see its historic churches.

    Visit Wrangell's famous anthropological sight, Petroglyph Beach. It was here that rock carvings dated 8,000 years before the settlement by the Tlingit tribes. Enjoy a petroglyph rubbing demonstration before heading to the Wrangell Museum. The local museum houses a rich assortment of over 5,000 historic photos, native artifacts, a collection of Tlingit petroglyphs, and fishing, mining and logging displays. Afterwards, make your way back to the ship with the provided transportation offered by your guide, or you may choose to stay longer and do the short walk on your own.

    Please note: This tour includes minimal walking; however, the sites are not wheelchair accessible and it is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

  • Muskeg Meadows Golf

    Golf aficionados will enjoy this outing to Wrangell's local golf course "Muskeg Meadows." Here in this pristine wilderness setting you can enjoy playing on 9 USGA rated fairways that rise out of the wetlands while bear, deer and moose can be seen grazing nearby.

    Sitting atop a foundation of byproducts from the once flourishing Wrangell timber industry, the 32-acre course offers such a unique golf experience that it boasts a 30-tournament schedule, highlighted by the annual Alaska Airlines tournament. While playing, golfers can check out the newly added activities shelter, which serves to provide a location for guests to rest, chat with locals, order a burger and a beer or view the interpretive signage detailing the course's conception. "Golf in the wilds of Alaska, between the snow-capped mountains, in the middle of the rainforest", explains Pro Shop Manager Terree Pino. "Here you'll find the friendliest people in Southeast Alaska and the coffee is always on."

    Come and test your skill as you avoid the large jutting rock on the course's signature ninth hole. Observe the abundance of wild flowers and wide variety of birds as you walk the course, but keep a close eye on your ball -- Ravens have been known to steal balls as they rest gently on the greens. Don't worry, because if you have a witness, you'll be awarded a free drop according to the "Raven Rule." Golf clubs, balls and cart are included in this unique outing. After 9 holes, transportation will be provided back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking at times over natural surfaces. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Golf carts are provided. Push carts available for those who prefer to walk. Wear casual, weather-appropriate clothing and dress for the possibility of rain. Appropriate golf shoes are mandatory.

  • Fishing the Inside Passage

    Come enjoy a day of world class fishing in the abundant waters of the Pacific Ocean along the famed Inside Passage of Alaska. Experience spectacular scenery and protected nearby calm waters while fishing for a multitude of sought after species including salmon and halibut (Captains Choice for best chance to catch, depending on the season). The major difference with fishing in the Wrangell area is the customarily short distance to the fishing grounds.

    Your experienced licensed Captain and guide will greet you on the pier and assist with obtaining your fishing license and any other needs. This exciting tour is geared not just for experienced anglers, but for first-timers as well. Once everyone is ready, you will board your fishing boat and set-off for the fishing grounds. A quick boat ride ensures that you will spend most of your time actually fishing rather than just getting there, and adventure awaits you the minute you arrive.

    After approximately 4 hours of fishing enjoyment, you will head back to the pier, hopefully having hooked a big catch. Once there, your catch can be professionally processed and shipped to your home for an additional fee.

    Please note: This tour includes 4 total hours on the boat. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns, and may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness. It is suggested that participants dress in layers and be prepared for rain and cool temperatures. The catching of any fish cannot be guaranteed. Beverages, fishing gear, tackle and bait are provided and license ($40) can be purchased on site for your convenience. Snacks and beverages are available on board.

  • John Muir Hike

    Enjoy a hike that focuses on a mix of local life, history and of course, exercise. Meeting your guide on the pier, you'll receive a short safety briefing and then head to the starting point of the trail.

    Mt. Dewey is the hill directly behind the cruise ship dock and it has historical ties to John Muir. It was here that the famous naturalist built a fire so big that the people of the town believed it to be St. Elmo's Fire. A short walk up through a local neighborhood leads to the trail constructed in part by the local high school students as part of their hands-on education program. As you climb this hill, your guide will point out a variety of local plants and share some of the colorful history of Wrangell, one of the oldest frontier towns of Alaska. Arriving at the top, there is an overlook that peeks between the trees down upon the town and your cruise ship.

    After having a chance to absorb the beauty of the forest and the wonderful scenery, your guide will escort you back down the hill and to your waiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate hiking over a mostly natural trail which may be wet. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition, dress warmly in layers and have a water-proof jacket. Sturdy, water-proof closed-toe shoes or hiking boots are mandatory. Bottled water is provided. There are no restroom facilities available on the trail.

  • Sea & Sky Kayak

    Disembarking the ship, you will be met on the pier and after signing your waiver and being offered rain gear, you will board your transportation and travel approximately 20 minutes outside of town to where your kayaks are waiting.

    Arriving at this small camp located in a remote clearing at the water's edge, you'll receive a brief instructional and safety talk before being assisted into your fiberglass, double sea kayak by the helpful staff. Setting out, your guides will navigate you on a route that takes you around two small islands where curious seals play and eagles soar overhead. On occasion, Orca, Humpbacks, deer, mink and otter have been sighted.

    After approximately 90-minutes of paddling, you'll return to camp where a warm fire awaits and snacks have been set out for you. Relax and enjoy the peaceful setting while interacting with the Alaskan guides before re-boarding your van and heading back to the ship.

    Please note: The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. It is recommended to dress warmly in layers and wear flat, closed-toe shoes. Rain gear, paddling equipment and life jackets are provided. There are no single kayaks. Children must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. The tour is not recommended for guests over 6'6" tall or over 250 lbs as they may not fit comfortably in the kayak. Operation of the tour is dependent upon prevailing weather and sea conditions.

  • Stikine River Jet Boat

    The Stikine River is the fastest, navigable, free-flowing river remaining in North America. Its vast area is home to moose, deer, brown and black bear, beaver, hundreds of bald eagles and many other species of wildlife. In his travels on the Stikine in 1869, famed American naturalist, John Muir described the scenery on the Stikine as "a Yosemite 100 miles long".

    Disembarking the ship, you will be met on the pier by your jet boat Captain and crew. After a short safety and tour briefing, you will board your boat and quickly be transported into the majestic Stikine/LeConte Wilderness area.

    During your adventure, your Captain will transport you across the vast river delta which is home to bald eagles and is an important stop on the Pacific Migratory Route. Enjoy a thrilling ride through narrow rainforest-lined channels that are home to moose, deer and wolf. You will also have a chance to experience the icebergs and glaciers of Shakes Lake and countless thundering waterfalls with the towering mountains of the coastal range serving as a grand finale to this exhilarating wilderness tour.

    Please note: This is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Due to the nature of boating in the wilderness on the Stikine River, which sometimes requires travel in shallow water, you may experience quick or sudden stops, starts and turns while underway. Therefore, the tour is not considered suitable for those guests with heart or back problems, pregnant women or those who suffer from motion sickness. It is suggested that participants dress in layers and be prepared for rain and cool temperatures, along with wearing comfortable, water-resistant flat walking shoes. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. There are no restroom facilities available during this tour. Although wildlife is seen on the majority of outings, their sightings cannot be guaranteed.

  • Stikine River & Glacier Lake By Jet Boat

    The Stikine River is considered one of the last truly wild rivers in North America, running directly through the nearly ½ million acre Stikine LeConte’ Wilderness area. Famed American naturalist, John Muir, described it as a Yosemite 100 miles (160 kilometers) long. The Stikine River has spectacular scenery with great photo opportunities. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the world's largest temperate rain forest. This dense forest is home to a variety of wildlife species and though elusive, you may have a chance sighting. Add the excitement of an exhilarating jet-boat ride, gold rush history, world renowned scenery, a hosted snack at a wilderness riverside location, and the most experienced energetic captains, and you have a great excursion.

    On the pier you will meet your Stikine River Jet Boat Association Alaskan Host and Alaska Cultural Interpreter guide captain and embark your custom, purpose built, heated and covered, jet-boat to begin your adventure. As you leave the pier behind, you will begin your navigation of the ever changing river delta, meandering through side sloughs, exploring the banks of the river, and being at the ready to help your captain look for passing moose, bear or deer. As you travel along, enjoy spectacular views of distant mountain peaks, spy on spawning salmon and listen to thundering waterfalls.

    Your journey culminates at Shakes Lake with its sparkling blue and crystal clear icebergs. If accessible, you may be able to venture in farther for a view of Shakes Glacier and the ancient ice from which it was created. Coming ashore at a wilderness location on the banks of the Stikine, you will experience the wilderness up close and watch the peaceful river as it rolls by. Re-boarding your jet boat, a delightful snack of wine and cheese awaits you. All too soon, you'll be heading back to Wrangell and your waiting ship.

    Please note: This is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition and have a full range of motion in order to get in and out of the boat. During certain tidal conditions, the access ramp to the vessels can be very steep. Due to the nature of boating in the wilderness on the Stikine River, which sometimes requires travel in shallow water, you may experience quick or sudden stops, starts and turns while underway. Therefore, the tour is not considered suitable for those guests with heart or back problems, pregnant women or those who suffer from motion sickness. It is suggested that participants dress in layers and be prepared for rain and cool temperatures, along with wearing comfortable, water-resistant flat walking shoes. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Facilities are basic at the wilderness location, consisiting primarily of outhouoses. Although wildlife is seen on many outings, their sightings cannot be guaranteed. The tour routing and sights may vary due to weather, nature and water conditions.

  • Shakes Canoe

    This brief tour gives you a great opportunity to experience Wrangell both from the water, and on foot. As you leave the ship, your guide will meet and escort you to your canoe, which will either be at the cruise ship dock or at Shakes House.

    After receiving a short instructional safety briefing and signing a waiver, you will board your 17 ft. two-man canoe that is specially designed for the waters of Southeast Alaska. Your route will take you into Wrangell harbor where your guide will point out various fishing boats and their methods of fishing. After paddling by the only remaining covered boatyard in Alaska, you will stop at Shakes Tribal house where elaborately carved totem poles surround this traditionally built historical home of the Wrangell Tlingit Indians.

    Disembarking your canoe, you will enjoy a tour of the home's interior while a local Tlingit describes some of the history of the tribe. Upon completion of this interesting tour of the home, you will take a guided walk through town on your way back to the ship.

    Please note: The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. While experience is not necessary, participants should be in good physical condition. It is recommended to dress warmly in layers and wear flat, closed-toe shoes. Rain gear, paddling equipment and life jackets are provided. There are no single canoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Operation of the tour is dependent upon prevailing weather and sea conditions.

  • High Country Hike

    Experienced hikers will love this tour that takes you on a rigorous hike through the beautiful terrain of Southeast Alaska.

    Your guide will meet you at the pier where you will be offered rain gear, hiking sticks, small backpacks, bottles of water and sign a waiver. Once everyone is ready, you will board your van and head off on a 30-minute ride outside of town to a remote logging road.

    Leaving your van behind, you will set-off on a trek that is a mix of boardwalk and natural trail that climbs approximately 2,000 feet in 2 miles. As your trail leads you through the Alaskan rainforest, you will travel along muskegs en route to a series of fresh mountain ponds. Enjoy some magnificent panoramic views of the islands of Southeast Alaska from this high elevation and revel in the majesty of this pristine wilderness trail.

    After approximately 3 1/2 hours of hiking, you will find yourself back at the start of the trail where your van is waiting to transfer you back to town.

    Please note: This is a challenging hiking tour that covers approximately 2 miles of moderate to strenuous hiking. There is a very significant amount of steps to negotiate and the terrain is steep, uneven and may be wet or possibly covered with snow. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with any mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition and dress warmly in layers and have a water-proof jacket. Sturdy, water-proof, closed-toe shoes or hiking boots are mandatory. Hiking poles, water and a snack are provided. There are no restroom facilities available during this tour.

  • The Wild Bears of Anan

    Experience an amazing natural adventure in bear viewing at the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory.

    Upon disembarking the ship, a covered, heated boat stands ready to transport you the thirty-five miles to Anan, traveling via Eastern Passage, which offers a beautiful boat ride in protected waters between Wrangell Island and the Mainland.

    Upon arrival at Anan, you will be greeted at the trailhead by U.S. Forest Service personnel, who will provide a brief orientation of what awaits you. Beginning in July, Pink Salmon arrive at Anan creek to spawn. At this time, Anan creek is teaming with salmon which naturally attracts Brown and Black Bears, Bald Eagles and Harbor Seals. As you make your way along the trail, your guide will interpret the local flora and fauna and answer any questions you may have.

    The walk in to the Observatory takes about 20-minutes and is close to 1/2 mile in length. Much of the groomed trail is boardwalk with several sets of narrow stairs and bridges over waterways. Reaching the Observatory, you will have approximately 90-minutes to watch the playful bears as they interact with one another and go about catching salmon in the creek. Please keep in mind that every day is different, and here in this natural setting, things happen in a natural way.

    Following your time at the Observatory, you will return via the trail to where your boat awaits to transfer you back to the pier in Wrangell.

    Please note: This tour includes considerable walking and over 200 stairs to climb. Portions of the trail are natural and can be slippery when wet. There is no dock at the trail head and guests will disembark on a rocky shoreline. As tide levels and conditions can change, it can be slippery. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition, have good vision and balance in order to safely navigate the trail. It is recommended to dress in layers and for the possibility of rain. Sturdy, water-resistant walking shoes are necessary. There are some outhouses along the trail and at the Observatory; however, there is no restroom on the boat. Food is strictly prohibited at the Observatory and along the trail. Minimum age to participate is 12 years old and children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Wildlife and bear sightings, while mostly likely to happen, are not guaranteed. Participants are well-advised that bear encounters are possible along the trail and must follow the direction of their guide at all times.

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