Exploring Ketchikan

Exploring the Salmon Capital

Beyond serving as the point of entry for Waterfall Resort guests, Ketchikan is the gateway to the Southeast Alaska frontier and well worth exploring on either end of a fishing trip.

Acclaimed as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and a center of Haida and Tlingit culture, this lively port town engages visitors with everything from its historic Creek Street attractions (galleries, saloons, lumberjack shows, fresh-from-the-sea fish and chips) to extraordinary totem pole parks and Alaska heritage centers to museums chronicling the origins of the region’s famed salmon fisheries and infamous red light district.

And further afield for the adventurous visitor: the glacier-carved wilderness of Misty Fjords National Monument, the rainforest splendors of the Tongass, hikes and wildlife encounters with black bears and bald eagles, and more.

Getting There

Ketchikan International Airport is serviced by multiple commercial carriers and charter flights. Ketchikan is just a 90-minute flight from Seattle, making Alaska easily accessible to the Lower 48. At the airport, those guests transferring same-day, to and from Waterfall Resort, enjoy complimentary luggage handling and transfer service from our airport-based ground crew.

We recommend the following carriers:

Ketchikan Hotels

Guests arriving in Ketchikan one or more days before their stay at Waterfall Resort have an opportunity to explore all the town has to offer. Because floatplanes to the resort depart at midday, guests arriving from the East Coast or abroad may prefer to spend at least one night in town to accommodate flight schedules. Guests adding one or more nights in Ketchikan at the end of their fishing trip enjoy complimentary frozen storage service for all their Waterfall Resort fish boxes right through to their day of departure from Ketchikan International Airport.

We recommend the following hotels:

If you’d like assistance booking either of these properties, contact reservations at 800-544-5125.

Outdoor Adventures

Overnighting in Ketchikan gives guests the chance to experience more of the beauty of the Alaska wilderness firsthand.

We recommend the following tours:

For more information about what to see and do in and around Ketchikan, see the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. For more information about Southeast Alaska, check out Audubon Alaska's downloadable Ecological Atlas of Southeast Alaska.

 

“In 1922, Roy F. Jones made the first commercial airplane flight to Alaska, landing in the waters of Tongass Narrows July 17.”