Metlakatla | (ANB) | met luh kat' luh
"Salt Water Passage"
Metlakatla is located on Annette Island, at the southern tip of the Alexander Archipelago, and only a forty five minute ferry ride from Ketchikan 8 nautical miles away. Metlakatla is a traditional Tsimshian Indian community on the federal Annette Island Reserve. They have an active economy, subsistence lifestyle and are the only Indian reservation in Alaska. The 86,000 acre island reservation and surrounding waters are locally-controlled and not subject to state jurisdiction. All management of fisheries within 3,000 nautical feet, as well as management of all wildlife species within the Reserve falls to the Metlakatla Indian Community.
- Metlakatla means "salt water passage" and was founded by a group of Canadian Tsimsians who migrated from Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
- Although the 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.
- The community prospered due to an abundance of natural resources and the ability to harvest salmon, halibut, cod, seaweed, clams, and waterfowl.
- Visit www.metlakatla.com for more information on available activities and accommodations.
The community of Metlakatla receives service from Ketchikan twice a day, five days per week year-round. The MV Lituya takes 45 minutes to travel between Ketchikan and Annette Bay, located at the end of Walden Point Road which connects the community to the ferry terminal. The 14.7-mile Walden Point Road is not only a scenic drive to the community of Metlakatla but is also designated an Alaska Scenic Byway.