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On the island's southern half, you can watch salmon attempt to negotiate a couple of fish ladders during the summer spawning season, which peaks in July. Both Cable Creek Fish Pass and Dog Salmon Fish Pass have viewing platforms, from which you might also see hungry black bears.
There are three totem parks on Prince of Wales Island and the Klawock Totem Park is without question the most impressive. Situated on a hill overlooking the town's cannery and harbor, Klawock's 21 totems are one of the largest collections in Alaska and make for a scenic, almost dramatic setting. The totems are either originals from the former village of Tukekan or replicas.
Prince of Wales Island is heaven on earth for mountain bikers. The knobby, fat-tire cycles are perfect for the hundreds of miles of dirt roads. Bikes can be rented on the island and then taken on any road for some backcountry exploration that most vehicles won’t dare travel. On the less adventurous side is the scenic ride on South Beach Road from Coffman Cove to Thorne Bay. It's a 37-mile ride along the narrow, winding dirt road that skirts Clarence Strait.
The Prince of Wales Hatchery was first established in 1897 and today is the second-oldest hatchery in Alaska. The present facility was built in 1976 and raises coho, king and sockeye salmon with many released into the adjacent Klawock River. Inside the Matt Turner Visitor Center is an aquarium and gift shop where fresh salmon is often for sale; outside you can occasionally see black bears feeding across the river. During the summer the hatchery offers visitors free guided walking tours of the facility.
Sandy Beach Picnic Area along Sandy Beach Road between Coffman Cove and Thorne Bay is not only a scenic spot to have a picnic but an excellent place to see humpback whales, orcas and harbor seals offshore. At low tides you can examine intriguing tidal pools along the shoreline.
Opportunities abound for sea kayakers on Prince of Wales Island. Kayaks can be rented on the island and drop-off transportation can be arranged. For a day of kayaking, depart from Klawock and paddle into Big Salt Lake, where the water is calm and the birding is excellent.
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