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Prince-of-Wales-Island is located in the southeast Alaskan Panhandle and is one of the islands of the Alexander Archipelago. It's the fourth largest island in the United States and the 97th largest in the world. Approximately 6,000 people live on Prince of Wales Island. The town of Craig is the largest community, with a population of about 1,000 residents. Prince of Wales Island is 135 miles long, 45 miles wide, with an area of 2,577 square miles. It's just slightly bigger than the state of Delaware in the U.S. The islands are covered with steep mountains, dense forest and Fjords, and small towns with friendly people. The Tongass National Forest covers most of the island. Within the forest are the Karta River Wilderness and the South Prince of Wales Wilderness. Things to do on the island include fishing, crabbing, biking, hiking, wildlife viewing and birdwatching - the Prince of Wales Flying Squirrel is found nowhere else in the world. The town of Craig's "backyard" is said to have one of the best hikes on the island, leading to a 3,000-foot vantage point from which you can see for miles and miles. It's easy to explore the island, which has more than 2,000 miles of roads. It's the only place in North America where you can explore extensive limestone caves, as well as authentic Alaskan Native villages, logging towns, and incredible wildlife and sea life. Some call Prince of Wales Island the "ideal Alaskan destination."

Prince of Wales Island Vacation Rentals

Prince of Wales Island Hotels and Resorts

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Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast1405 Hamilton DrCraig, AK24.6 mi.(907) 826-2238

Prince of Wales Island Weather & Climate

The Alexander Archipelago  in the southeastern Panhandle Region, has a humid continental climate - although it's just short of being subactic. The climate is milder than one would expect due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean. Winters are long and wet, but only slightly cold. The average low temperature in winter is 21, and highs are frequently above freezing. Spring, summer, and fall are cool to mild. Snowfall in this region averages 84 inches and occurs mainly from November to March. Precipitation is adequate year-round, ranging from 55 inches to 90 inches depending on location. Spring is the driest season, while September and October are the wettest months.

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Prince of Wales Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Klawock airport (AKW) located about 17 miles southwest of Prince of Wales Island in Klawock, Alaska, the Wrangell airport (WRG) located approximately 51 miles northeast of Prince of Wales Island in Wrangell, Alaska, the Ketchikan International airport (KTN) located roughly 52 miles southeast of Prince of Wales Island in Ketchikan, Alaska, and finally the Petersburg James A Johnson airport (PSG) located around 70 miles north of Prince of Wales Island in Petersburg, Alaska.

Prince of Wales Island Attractions

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