Craig, Alaska is the largest community on Prince of Wales Island with a population of approximately 2,000. The town was once a temporary Indian camp for gathering herring eggs. Craig Millar founded the community after a saltery was established in the early 1900s. Today, visitors enjoy a variety of activities in Craig and on Prince of Wales Island.
Fall is hunting season across much of the country, and Alaska is no exception. During hunting seasons in Southeast Alaska, black bears and Sitka black-tailed deer are commonly sought. Like fish, deer are an important source of food for many people on Prince of Wales Island. Bears are also hunted for their hides, meat, and sometimes as a source of cooking oil.
Migrating birds and other animals seek shelter and hunt for food here. Find tiny red cranberries in the low vegetation. Catch a glimpse of bear, deer, or tiny shrews foraging in the muskegs. Flying squirrels, northern goshawks, and a variety of other animals nest andr forage in the forests. Migrating salmon can be seen throughout the year.
All major drainages on Prince of Wales harbor run of one to four salmon species. Fall runs include coho (silver) and dog (chum) salmon. Coho average 10 lbs and can be challenging fighters. Visit one of the fish passes: Rio Roberts creek near Thorne Bay, Big Lake near Ratz Harbor, Cable Creek on the Hydaburg Road, and Dog Salmon on the road to Polk Inlet.
There’s a rainforest in Alaska? Yes, and it’s the largest temperate rainforest in the world. The rainforest here has fewer species of plants than those in the tropics, but the total amount of plant life is about the same in a given area. Visitors will find great hiking trails, as well as caves to explore. Learn more about hiking from the US Forest Service.