Hoonah, Alaska is a small city of 760 permanent residents on Chichagof Island along southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. Hoonah is the largest Tlingit village in Alaska, and the native culture thrives here. Locally-carved totems and canoes and handmade native crafts are still made in the traditional style by the Tlingit residents.
Hoonah’s main industries are fishing and logging, and the town was once home to a cannery, now a tourist attraction called Icy Strait Point. Tourism has become a growing industry in Hoonah with plans to build a large cruise ship dock near Icy Strait Point, a privately owned property, just outside of downtown.
Visitors can take in the breathtaking scenery of Chichagof Island and enjoy numerous wildlife encounters. Hoonah is home to the largest concentration of Alaskan brown bears in the world, with around 3.5 bears per square mile. Other amazing animal sightings include Sitka black-tail deer, land otters, beavers, minks and more. Hoonah Harbor is also a great place to observe bald eagles soaring majestically overhead. Home to over 250 species of waterfowl and birds, Hoonah is a bird-watchers paradise.
One of the biggest wildlife attractions in Hoonah is the summer migration of humpback whales. Whale watching is becoming increasingly popular in our town. Sightings from shore are common, and a whale watching charter in season virtually guarantees an up-close encounter with giant humpbacks. Other marine residents include porpoise, orca, seals, sea lions, and sea otters.
The local residents of Hoonah are friendly, rugged, spirited and happy to welcome visitors and share with them the unspoiled beauty of their Alaskan home.