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Petersburg Introduction


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A fishing village founded more than a century ago by Norwegian fishermen, Petersburg is about halfway between Ketchikan and Juneau at the northern tip of Mitkof Island, and is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest. It's more of a working town than a tourist mecca, and Petersburg's work is fishing. More than 400 commercial and sportfishing vessels ply the waters around Mitkof Island, providing employment for most of its residents.   Click here to see the full Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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Petersburg Geography


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Located at the northern tip of Mitkof Island, Petersburg is near the summer feeding grounds for hundreds of humpback whales in Frederick Sound and the gateway to Wrangell Narrows, a 20-mi-/32-km-long tidal waterway too narrow for large cruise ships. Dotted by navigational markers that make it look like a Christmas tree lane at night, the passage challenges boaters with 8 mph/13 kph currents and tides that change the water level by more than 20 ft/6 m in a day, from a high of 19 ft/6 m to a low of -4 ft/-1 m.  Click here to see the full Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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Petersburg History


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Fishing lured Alaska Natives to the Petersburg area 2,000 years ago. Two ancient, heart-shaped stone fish traps and petroglyphs are remnants of the Tlingit fishing area at Sandy Beach just north of Petersburg. Abundant fish, timber, a natural harbor and chunks of ice from the nearby LeConte Glacier (25 mi/40 km away) attracted Peter and Petra Buschmann, their eight children and family friends from Norway to Wrangell Narrows in 1897. They built a cannery, sawmill and dock, founding Icy Straits Packing Co., eventually home to eight seafood-processing plants during Alaska's cannery heyday when salmon and halibut were packed in glacier ice. Petersburg was incorporated in 1910.  Click here to see the full Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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Petersburg Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Take photographs of Hammer Slough, the Sons of Norway Hall, the Viking ship Valhalla, and the Raven and Eagle totems at the corner of Nordic and Haugen Drive. Don't miss Bruno, a black bear sculpture in Centennial Park on Nordic Drive that makes local dogs growl. Tour the streets of Petersburg with a walking-tour map from the visitors center.  Click here to see the full Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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Petersburg Restaurants & Dining


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It's a casual town, and the restaurants reflect that—you don't have to dress up to get a good meal in Petersburg. Because it's a fishing community, fresh seafood is always on the menu (and it won't be slathered in trendy sauces).  Click here to see the full Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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