Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Nearby Alaska's largest Tlingit village exists a uniquely Alaskan place - lcy Strait Point.

Hoonah, meaning "village by the cliff," is home to the Huna Tlingit who have occupied this area for thousands of years. Local legend tells how they were forced from their ancestral home in Glacier Bay by advancing glaciers, resulting in their relocation to and settlement of Hoonah.

In 1912, the Hoonah Packing Co. built a large cannery one mile north of town. After only five years of operation, the cannery at Icy Strait Point turned out 152,505 cases of one-pound cans of salmon, the largest pack ever achieved in Alaska.

Today, Hoonah is home to nearly 750 residents. Visitors will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, opportunities to see wildlife and the vast wilderness that surrounds this unique village. Icy Strait's waters have yielded record-breaking halibut and salmon catches and provide summer-long access to all five species of salmon. Chichagof Island, on which Icy Strait Point is located, supports one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world and sightings are common.

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Points of Interest

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Arts & Culture
  • Hoonah
  • Whale Watching
  • Bear Search
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Alaska Cuisine
  • ZipRider*

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  • Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go ATV riding, whale watching, bear searching, hiking, kayaking, ziplining and more.

  • Arts & Culture

    A site not to be missed is the Heritage Center Theater. Experience an interactive performance showcasing the rich heritage of southeast Alaska through interpretive song, dance and storytelling.

  • Hoonah

    This authentic Alaska Native village was established when the Tlingits were forced from their ancestral lands by advancing glaciers. You can really go back to basics here; the community has few paved roads and no stoplights.

  • Whale Watching

    Stunning Point Adolphus is one of Alaska's premier whale-watching sites. Orcas, humpbacks, Steller sea lions and harbor seals congregate here each summer to feed in the nutrient-rich waters.

  • Bear Search

    The Alaska coastal brown (grizzly) bear flourishes on beautiful Chichagof Island when the salmon are running and the berries are ripe. View them from a platform overlooking the Spasski River.

  • Glacier Bay National Park

    Glacier Bay National Park, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 3.3 million acres and is part of the world's largest internationally protected area. It features snowcapped mountains and deep fjords.

  • Alaska Cuisine

    Sample some of the delicious local seafood that is enjoyed all over the world, including wild salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab and more. Learn fisherman's lore and try your hand at grilling some of the locally caught catch.

  • ZipRider*

    Experience the largest ZipRider cable ride in the world at 1,300 feet above sea level. Adventure seekers will thrill at the 5,330-foot-long descent that could reach a maximum speed of 60 mph! *Trademark

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Local Connections: Cooking in Alaska's Wildest Kitchen with Alaskan Chef (Wheelchair Accessible)

1.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 3 1 1
  • Alaska Cuisine

Sample the best food that Alaska has to offer as local chef Dodie Lunda demonstrates how to make regional dishes while sharing insights into Alaska life. After the demonstration, prepare your own seafood treat!

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Local Connections: Cooking in Alaska's Wildest Kitchen with Alaskan Chef

1.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 3 1 0
  • Alaska Cuisine

Sample the best food that Alaska has to offer as local chef Dodie Lunda demonstrates how to make regional dishes while sharing insights into Alaska life. After the demonstration, prepare your own seafood treat!

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Seafood Feast & Tribal Dance Show (Wheelchair Accessible)

1.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 3 0 6
  • Arts & Culture
  • Alaska Cuisine

Join the Huna Tlingit at the Native Heritage Center Theater for a fun and traditional performance. Dressed in their colorful regalia, the Huna Tlingit will share their history through interpretive song, dance and storytelling. Then, celebrate the experience with a seafood feast with stunning views of Port Frederick.

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Seafood Feast & Tribal Dance Show

1.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 3 0 5
  • Arts & Culture
  • Alaska Cuisine

Join the Huna Tlingit at the Native Heritage Center Theater for a fun and traditional performance. Dressed in their colorful regalia, the Huna Tlingit will share their history through interpretive song, dance and storytelling. Then, celebrate the experience with a seafood feast with stunning views of Port Frederick.

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Tree Top Adventure Park with Ropes & Zipline Course

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 4 0 5
  • Outdoor Adventures

Take adventure to the max with a self-guided obstacle course at the Tree Top Adventure Park. Ages seven and up can make their way through different zip-line courses and a wide variety of easy to challenging obstacles, from log bridges and climbing planks to a fishermen's net and uneven circles.

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Remote Wildlife & Brown Bear Search

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 8 7 0
  • Hoonah
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Bear Search

Tour the charming Tlingit village of Hoonah before exploring the wilds of the Spasski River Valley in search of the Alaskan coastal brown bear and other wildlife.

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Icy Strait Kayak Adventure

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 7 7 0
  • Outdoor Adventures

Paddle through spectacular scenery on this exhilarating kayaking trip, one of the best ways to see Alaska's marine wildlife up close while immersing yourself in the history of this unique area.

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ZipRider Adventure & Scenic Mountaintop Gondola

1 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 4 0 0
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • ZipRider*

From the top of Hoonah Mountain, fly over the treetops of Icy Strait Point on the thrilling, ZipRider® cable ride - the largest in the U.S., at 1,330 feet above sea level and 5,330 feet long.

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Discover the Birds of Hoonah

3.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 3 3 0
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Hoonah

Calling all bird lovers, photographers and nature enthusiasts! Join a local expert in search of ducks, gulls, and bald eagles. Travel along the shore of Port Frederick for a look at seabirds feeding in the nutrient rich waters. And focus on the natural beauty of an active bald eagle's nest.

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Whales & Wildlife Cruise (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 6 0 1
  • Whale Watching

The abundant marine life of Icy Strait is the star here. View whales, sea lions, harbor seals and also bald eagles on this thrilling boat trip while enjoying spectacular views of the Alaska coastline.

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Ocean Raft Adventure

2 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 7 0 0
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on an exhilarating adventure in an open-air, high-speed boat that takes you along the rugged coastline in search of wildlife. Thrill to the sight of whales, otters and bald eagles in their natural habitat. And feel at one with nature as you get up close to waterfalls and tidal flats.

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Back Country Jeep Adventure

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 5 0 0

Discover the wilds of Chichagof Island on a small group exploration of the backroads of this majestic land. Set off in search of wildlife and adventure on roads less traveled on this 2.5-hour excursion that puts you in the driver's seat. A knowledgeable guide in the lead vehicle will relay history and cultural information.

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Whales & Wildlife Cruise

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 6 0 0
  • Whale Watching

The abundant marine life of Icy Strait is the star here. View whales, sea lions, harbor seals and also bald eagles on this thrilling boat trip while enjoying spectacular views of the Alaska coastline.

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A T V Expedition

2.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 5 1 0
  • Hoonah
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore Alaska's breathtaking wilderness and take in scenic views of magnificent Icy Strait on this rugged side-by-side 4x4 expedition along Chichagof Island's stunning mountain trails.

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Whale Watching & Seafood Feast

3.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 6 0 5
  • Whale Watching
  • Alaska Cuisine

Experience southeast Alaska's incredible natural scenery and succulent cuisine on this exceptional wildlife excursion that offers a whale-sighting guarantee. Glaciers, fjords and an abundance of marine animals abound on this outdoor adventure featuring the stars of the show: humpback and killer whales! Then, tuck into a seafood feast with all the fixings.

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Best of Icy Strait Point: Whales, Wildlife & Brown Bear Search

5.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 6 1 0
  • Hoonah
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Whale Watching
  • Bear Search

Two Alaska wildlife adventures in one! Watch whales as they feed and frolic in the waters of Icy Strait, then look for wildlife and coastal brown bears along the wild Spasski River.

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Halibut Fishing

3.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 5 6 0
  • Outdoor Adventures

Enjoy the ultimate halibut fishing excursion in the abundant waters of Icy Strait on a modern cabin cruiser, while enjoying the spectacular coastline and scenery.

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