Whether you live in Ketchikan or are just passing through, spend a day exploring the community of Metlakatla, part of the Annette Islands Reserve and the only Native Reserve in the state of Alaska. Although a majority of its population is Tsimshian, Metlakatla is also home to many individuals with diverse tribal affiliations such as Tlingit, Haida, Aleut, Yupik and other Alaska Native peoples.
Metlakatla — Salt Water Passage (+)
Metlakatla — Salt Water Passage (-)
Depart from the Ketchikan Ferry terminal and take the MV Lituya to Annette Bay. Arrive at the Annette Bay Ferry Terminal and drive 14.7 miles of Walden Point Road, an Alaska Scenic Byway, from the ferry terminal to the community of Metlakatla. Then, spend a couple of hours exploring Metlakatla and the surrounding area. Make sure to visit the Bingo/Gaming Hall with electronic bingo machines. Mossy Point beach provides a great view of the end of the island. You can kayak or canoe Tamgas Bay which has a breathtaking view of the island’s largest mountain, Mt. Tamgas. Several walking and hiking trails of varied difficulties are available, or go beach combing or berry picking. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to make stops along the way while heading back to the ferry terminal for the ferry’s afternoon departure. The road travels along the edge of the forest and overlooks the ocean, giving incredible views stretching far off into the distance. It is possible to see Gravina Island, Prince of Wales Island, the Percy Islands and off across the vast ocean. Pullouts along the road provide ample opportunity to enjoy the sights which may include humpback whales, porpoises, eagles, and other wildlife. Arrive back in Ketchikan by mid-afternoon.