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Conceptual drawing of the Alaska Class Ferries

Name the Ferry Contest Winners To Be Announced Soon!

Conceptual drawing of the Alaska Class Ferries

The Office of Governor Bill Walker and the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Alaska Marine Highway System are happy to report that nearly 450 entries have been received for the Name the Ferry essay contest, an opportunity offered to Alaska's students to play a part in making state history by helping Governor Walker name the two new Alaska Class Ferries. The contest finalists have been selected and the two winning essays are expected to be announced soon. The winning students will be recognized by Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Mallott and DOT&PF Commissioner Luiken.

Final Draft of Vehicle and Passenger Boarding Passes

New System Live! May 1st, 2016

Final Draft of Vehicle and Passenger Boarding Passes

Starting on May 1st the Alaska Marine Highway will begin operating in our new reservations and manifest system. You may have noticed some subtle differences during the booking process in our new system and you will continue to see operational changes throughout your entire ferry trip. Please download our flyer to review a few of the following highlights that we'd like to point out in advance of your scheduled departure.

  • Boarding Passes & Vehicle Tags
  • No Boarding Pass = No Travel
  • New Embarking & Disembarking Procedures
  • New Self-Service Kiosks

We appreciate your patience during this final phase of implementation.

A flock of birds near glacier outside of Whittier Alaska

North to Alaska, with the Birds

A flock of birds near glacier outside of Whittier Alaska

Alaska is a birder's paradise with nearly 500 species of birds that either populate or pass through our great state. Starting in April the annual migration of hundreds of species of birds can be viewed as they head north to their summer feeding and nesting grounds. Regardless of which region you may be in, there's no shortage of great viewing areas. From the Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan, to the largest known breeding colonies of Aleutian Terns in Yakutat, to the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in Haines, we have your 'life list' covered. Visit our Trip Idea pages on suggested itineraries for birding opportunities in our port communities.