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Hoonah is an island community located 30 miles west of Juneau in the Panhandle Region of southeast Alaska. It's the largest Tlingit village in Alaska, with 70 percent of its' 850 residents having Alaskan Native heritage. Hoonah is the 5th largest island in the United States and the 109th largest in the world. It's situated on the north shore of Chichagof Island on Icy Strait near the Tongas National Forest. Recreation areas within the Tongas National Forest include Game Creek, Kennel Creek, Freshwater Bay and False Bay Recreation Area. Fishing is the main industry of Hoonah, with timber related businesses and tourism also important to the economy. Hoonah sits amid towering evergreens and lush wilderness, surrounded by steep coastal mountains. Outdoor activities in the area include fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, and incredible wildlife viewing and birdwatching opportunities. Chichagof Island has the largest Brown bear population in the world. Other wildlife in the area include deer, beaver, mink, bald eagles, orcas, sea lion, porpoise, sea otter, seals and whales. Approximately 25 miles north of Hoonah across Icy Strait is Glacier Bay National Park. Other local things of interest to see include locally carved totem poles, a historic cemetery, and local shops that feature the arts and crafts of the Alaskan people.

Surrounding areas: Gustavus, Alaska (23.5 mi), Tenakee Springs, Alaska (24.2 mi), Pelican, Alaska (30.5 mi), Elfin Cove, Alaska (33.3 mi), Juneau, Alaska (39.5 mi)

Hoonah Vacation Rentals

Hoonah Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bear Track InnGustavus, AK23.5 mi.(907) 697-3017
Gustavus Inn1 Mile Gustavus RdGustavus, AK23.5 mi.(907) 697-2254

Hoonah Weather & Climate

The Southeastern Panhandle of Alaska has a humid continental climate classification, although it borders on being a subarctic climate. The moderating influence comes from the proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Winters are long, cold and damp. Cold, but not frigid, although the moist air often makes it feel colder than it is. January highs are frequently above freezing. Spring, summer and autumn are cool to mild. Snowfall averages 84 inches and occurs mainly from November through March. Yearly rainfall varies, depending on location, but averages between 55 to 90 inches. Spring is the driest season and September and October are the wettest months. Some have described this region as "a cooler version of Seattle."

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 23°F 4.93 in. -
February 35°F 25°F 3.81 in. -
March 39°F 28°F 2.91 in. -
April 48°F 32°F 2.68 in. -
May 55°F 38°F 2.68 in. -
June 61°F 43°F 2.34 in. -
July 64°F 46°F 3.20 in. -
August 62°F 46°F 4.83 in. -
September 56°F 42°F 6.77 in. -
October 47°F 36°F 8.68 in. -
November 38°F 29°F 5.85 in. -
December 34°F 25°F 5.67 in. -

Hoonah Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gustavus airport (GST) located about 23 miles northwest of Hoonah in Gustavus, Alaska, the Juneau International airport (JNU) located approximately 35 miles east of Hoonah in Juneau, Alaska, and finally the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez airport (SIT) located roughly 73 miles south of Hoonah in Sitka, Alaska.

Hoonah Attractions

Ski Areas
EaglecrestJuneauAK39.6 mi.

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