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Pelican is a small city located in the southeastern panhandle region of Alaska. The population is around 200 full-time residents. The community sits in the northwestern part of Chichagof Island on the east side of Lisianski Inlet. The Lisianski Inlet opens up into Lisianski Strait and Cross Sound. The city of Pelican's motto is "Closest to the Fish" due to its' proximity to the rich fishing waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Pelican is the starting point to the great Chichagof & Yakobi Island Wilderness Area. The town itself sits within the Tongass National Forest, which is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the world. The scenery and wildlife is outstanding and consists of brown bear, land otter, deer, mink, American Bald Eagle, ducks, geese, gulls, and Blue Heron. Photographic opportunities abound, especially if you hire one of the local charter boats for a water tour of the area. Other things to do include hiking, fishing, and Pelican is considered a world-class sea kayaking center. There are approximately 40 miles of protected inside waters in the immediate area. The city of Pelican hosts a two-day annual 4th of July Celebration. Visitors enjoy live music, fireworks, and a parade. A community picnic is held at the end of the boardwalk after the parade, with games and prizes for children. Later in the day is the "anything but a boat" float contest at the harbor.

Surrounding areas: Elfin Cove, Alaska (16.7 mi), Hoonah, Alaska (30.5 mi), Gustavus, Alaska (36.0 mi), Tenakee Springs, Alaska (39.1 mi)

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Pelican Hotels and Resorts

Pelican 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 close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Winters are long and moist - cold, but not frigid. 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 34°F 28°F 9.88 in. -
February 36°F 29°F 7.86 in. -
March 39°F 31°F 7.38 in. -
April 45°F 35°F 5.95 in. -
May 50°F 40°F 4.76 in. -
June 54°F 45°F 3.37 in. -
July 57°F 49°F 4.32 in. -
August 58°F 49°F 6.37 in. -
September 54°F 46°F 12.17 in. -
October 46°F 40°F 16.16 in. -
November 39°F 33°F 11.43 in. -
December 36°F 30°F 11.39 in. -

Pelican Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gustavus airport (GST) located about 37 miles northeast of Pelican in Gustavus, Alaska, the Juneau International airport (JNU) located approximately 66 miles east of Pelican in Juneau, Alaska, and finally the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez airport (SIT) located roughly 70 miles south of Pelican in Sitka, Alaska.

Pelican Attractions

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