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Tenakee-Springs , or Tenakee Springs, is a community on Chichagof Island in southeast Alaska. The population is just over 100 residents. Tenakee Springs is located on the north shore of the 35-mile-long Tenakee Inlet and has long been the home of the Tlingit Indians. The Tenakee Springs post office was established in 1902. Tenakee was once known as "Robbers Roost" stemming from bank robbers and other outlaws reportedly using the area as a hideout. Tenakee was then a wild town and gambling and prostitution were a regular part of this rowdy frontier town. There was no real law and order here until 1917 when Deputy U.S. Marshall and a U.S. Commissioner began making regular visits. The town later became most well-known for its natural hot springs. It featured an open, steaming pool, just above the tide line, until around 1900 when it was enclosed in a log cabin and enlarged. Today, the town features a bath house with a 105 degree sulfur hot mineral spring for public bathing and several large historic structures. Therapeutic bathing in the healing 105-degree waters is a relaxing way to spend some time in Tenakee Springs. Commercial fishing is the other main livelihood of the town, as well as tourism. Other activities include sailing, birdwatching, whale watching, hiking, kayaking.

Surrounding areas: Hoonah, Alaska (24.2 mi), Angoon, Alaska (30.3 mi), Pelican, Alaska (39.1 mi)

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Tenakee Springs Weather & Climate

The southeastern panhandle region has a temperate maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures range from 45 to 65 degrees F.; winters 24 to 39 degrees F. The highest recorded temperature is 84 degrees F., and the lowest recorded temperature is 3 degrees F. Total precipitation averages 69 inches a year, with 62 inches of snow. Southeast Alaska is a temperate rain forest, as classified by the World Wildlife Fund's ecoregion system, which extends from northern California to Prince William Sound. Winters are long but mild, and summers are short and cool. Spring is the driest season and September and October are the wettest months. This region of Alaska is often described as "a cooler version of Seattle."

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Tenakee Springs Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Juneau International airport (JNU) located about 46 miles northeast of Tenakee Springs in Juneau, Alaska, the Gustavus airport (GST) located approximately 47 miles northwest of Tenakee Springs in Gustavus, Alaska, and finally the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez airport (SIT) located roughly 50 miles south of Tenakee Springs in Sitka, Alaska.

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