Tenakee | (TKE) | ten' uh'kee
"Coppery Shield Bay"
Tenakee sits on the north shore of the 35-mile-long Tenakee Inlet and has long been used by the Tlingit Natives. The name means "coppery shield bay" named for three copper shields highly prized by the Tlingits that were lost in a storm. Tenakee lies 63 nautical miles southwest of Juneau and 49 nautical miles south of Hoonah on Chichagof Island. Although few visitor services are available, several large historic structures include Snyder Mercantile, the Shamrock Building, and St. Francis Chapel.
- Year-round therapeutic natural hot spring for public bathing.
- Enjoyed by both full-time and part-time residents.
- Serves as a summer retreat for residents of Juneau, Sitka, Washington, and Oregon.
- There are no roads - local transportation is primarily by bicycle and ATV.
- Wildlife viewing in the area includes - Sitka black tail deer, humpback wales, orcas, and brown bears.
- Visit www.tenakeespringsak.com for more information on available activities and accommodations.
The community of Tenakee receives ferry service via a day boat and is a four and a half hour cruise from Juneau and two hours and fifteen minutes from Angoon. Service is provided twice a week most of the year. Tenakee is located on Chichagof Island, which has been nicknamed "Bear Island" due to the high concentration of brown bears.