Thorne Bay, Prince of Wales Island

Population: 510
Thorne Bay is located on the east coast of Prince of Wales Island, 57 miles from the Clark Bay ferry terminal and 34 miles from Klawock.

Visitor information:
Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 490, Klawock, AK 99925; phone 907-755-2626 or via Thorne Bay City. The U.S. Forest Service has an office in Thorne Bay, phone 907-828-3304.

Thorne Bay began as a logging camp Ketchikan Pulp Co. (KPC) in 1962, and was incorporated in 1982, making it one of Alaska’s newest cities. It was connected to the island road system in 1974. When timber was big in the 1960s and 1970s, Thorne Bay was the largest logging camp in North America, with more than 600 residents. The population has fluctuated with the timber industry. Ketchikan Pulp Co. completed its final timber sales in 2001 and closed down operations here.

Today, Thorne Bay is home to hunting and fishing lodges, Southeast Island School District offices, the Thorne Bay Ranger District Headquarters, several local specialty lumber mills, Southeast Road Builders and the barge terminal that serves all of Prince of Wales Island.

Thorne Bay has a grocery store, liquor store and hardware store; general merchandise, boat fuel, convenience store, gas, diesel and post office at The Port. Thorne Bay Cafe, owned and operated by the Southeast Island School District as part of their culinary arts program for students, is a great stop for lunch or dinner (eat-in or takeout). The Tackle Shack and Floatel offers fishing and hunting licenses. Lodging is available at numerous lodges and a couple of B&Bs. The Thorne Bay RV Park offers nightly and weekly RV sites with hookups. Public restrooms and showers and moorage are available at the Harbor Facility.

Attractions:

  • Go to the Thorne Bay Ranger Station for recreation opportunities and conservation education as well as information regarding Prince Of Wales Island.