The Historic Logging Camp That Just Became Alaska’s Newest City

Southeast Alaska is home to so many world-renowned attractions. But it wasn’t so long ago that the area was home to a booming logging rush that churned out an easy 8.25 billion board-feet of timber like a fast flowing machine. Today there aren’t as many saw mills and pulp mills throughout the Tongass, but the industry is still alive.

Most recently, the growth on the island comes in the form of the state’s newest city, Whale Pass. It’s come a long way over the years and is stronger than ever.

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While we’re on the topic of wildlife, check out this ‘too close for comfort’ YouTube video below of a lady fishing in Whale Pass when a bear walked into her spot. She did a great job staying calm while her husband filmed the whole thing.

This fun and action packed fishing footage below will have you itching to go to Whale Pass. Reeling in big, beautiful salmon while watching the black bears chase after your carcasses as you finish up… So cool and SO Alaskan!

While you’re on Prince of Wales island, hiking to this above-ground cave will give you a completely surreal experience.