Hoonah | (HNH) | hoo' nah
"The Little City with a Big Heart"
Hoonah is a Tlingit community located on the northeast shore of Chichagof Island, 48 nautical miles from Juneau. The largest Tlingit village in Alaska, Hoonah was settled by Huna Indians, who relocated from Glacier Bay due to glacial advance. The Northwest Trading Company built the first store in Hoonah in 1880. In 1912, the Hoonah Packing Company built a large cannery one mile north of town, which is currently the site of a private cruise ship port called Icy Strait Point.
- Hoonah means "where the north wind doesn't blow;" although, it's commonly referred to as the "village by the cliff."
- Excellent fishing opportunities - silver and king salmon, cutthroat, rainbow and Dolly Varden trout.
- Great wildlife viewing - humpback and orca whales, sea lions, porpoise, sea otters, seals, brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer, land otters, marten, beaver, and mink.
- Access to a widespread logging road system on northwest Chichagof Island.
- View visithoonah.com for more information on available activities and accommodations.
Hoonah in located in Northern Southeast Alaska and receives day boat service from Juneau two times per week year-round. It's equidistance from Juneau and Tenakee Springs with a three hour and fifteen minute cruise by ferry. En route to Hoonah, keep your binoculars handy for the chance to see a variety of marine mammals, including Humpback whales, Minke whales, Orcas, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, Dall porpoises, and harbor porpoises. Take a Day Trip from Juneau to explore this community.