Wrangell is located at northwest tip of Wrangell Island on Zimovia Strait, 3 hours by ferry or 32 air miles southeast of Petersburg, and 6 hours by ferry or 85 air miles north of Ketchikan.
Visitor information: Wrangell Visitor Information, phone 1-800-367-9745.
Wrangell is the only Alaska city to have existed under 4 nations and 3 flags—the Stikine Tlingits, the Russians, Great Britain and the United States. Its strategic location near the mouth of the Stikine River made Wrangell an important supply point for fur traders and also for gold seekers following the river route to the goldfields. Today, fishing is one of Wrangell’s largest industries, with salmon the major catch.
Accommodations at Alaskan Sourdough Lodge and the Stikine Inn. Meals at the Stikine Inn, Marine Pizza, and 2 cafes. Wrangell has 2 supermarkets; gas stations; hardware, marine, sporting goods and auto parts stores; banks; a laundromat; clothing stores and gift shops. The Nolan Center serves as the local movie theatre, showing current feature films on most weekends. Camping at the City of Wrangell Parks & Recreation Department’s campground at Shoemaker Bay RV Park & Campground.
- Wrangell Museum, 907-874-3770 exhibits highlights Wrangell’s diverse history, from the fur trade to the timber industry; Email.
- Nemo Point USFS Recreation Area, 14 miles south of town, has 4 campsites with dramatic views of Zimovia Strait.
- Muskeg Meadows Golf Course is a USGA regulation 9-hole golf course with a 250-yard driving range.
- Anan Wildlife Observatory, accessible by boat or plane, is the place to watch black and brown bears catch pink salmon. Check with local tour operators. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
- Explore the Stikine River or LeConte Glacier in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness. Air and boat charters for both sightseeing and drop-offs at put-in sites for river runners are available in Wrangell.
- Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a replica tribal house containing Indian working tools, an original Chilkat blanket design carved on a house panel and other cultural items.
- Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park has some 40 Tlingit and Tsimshian petroglyphs.
- St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Alaska, founded May 2, 1879. Wrangell’s First Presbyterian Church (founded in 1877 and built in 1879) has a red neon cross that is 1 of 2 in the world that serve as navigational aids.