Salmon Falls Fishing Resort Blog

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    Ketchikan Art and the Art of Fishing

    Mon, Jun 3 2019

    June is one of the most beautiful months to visit Ketchikan and an ideal destination for a Father’s Day fishing getaway. Whether Dad is a seasoned angler, or still learning the ropes, the months of May-October are prime time for fishing in Alaska. While some pros consider the act of fishing an art and others consider it an exact science, everyone who loves to fish agrees that this region is a fisherman’s paradise. And the entire family can get in on the action, as we offer a variety of packages for those of all skill and experience levels, from a full package with U.S. Coast Guard-certified guides, to self-guided tours for the more accomplished.

    Not interested in fishing? No problem—Ketchikan offers a plethora of events and activities for all interests and tastes, including hiking, kayaking, whale-watching, visiting the Totem Heritage Center, discovering Main Street, and so much more. Also, for the art-lovers in the family, the Main Street Gallery is featuring the “Artists of Ketchikan” Invitational Exhibit. Ongoing through July 26, this annual show features new work from both emerging and established local artists.

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    Wines with a Purpose

    Mon, May 6 2019

    Join us June 7-9 for a wonderful wine weekend featuring delicious wines, fabulous food, and loads of fun activities, all complemented by selections from ONEHOPE Winery. Your weekend begins on Friday, June 7 with our ONEHOPE Welcome Reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Afterward, you’re on your own until lunch on Saturday, so we’re offering a list of suggested activities for your consideration. We invite you to take a float plane tour, go zip lining in the rainforest, or just spend time exploring Ketchikan, particularly the area’s historic totem poles and the shops of Creek Street.

    Enjoy lunch here at the resort at our Wine 101 Lunch Pairing. On Saturday evening, complete your wine weekend experience with a delightful dinner paired with ONEHOPE wines and hosted by Kristen Shroyer, the co-founder of ONEHOPE. On Sunday, sleep in or enjoy an indulgent breakfast before returning home. For complete package rates and to RSVP, call us at (907) 225-2752 or email: Click here to learn more about ONEHOPE wines and their support of charitable causes.


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    The Hummingbirds Return

    Mon, Apr 1 2019

    The Alaska Hummingbird Festival returns to Ketchikan from April 1-30, and the entire month of April will be devoted to celebrating the return of the Rufous Hummingbirds to our own Tongass National Forest, along with a month of events in honor of these beautiful spring migratory birds. The celebration will include a myriad of creative and educational events, such as the Alaska Hummingbird Festival juried art show, guided bird walks, lectures, crafts, and special activities just for the kids.

    Join us at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center throughout the month for these events, and for the opening reception of the festival’s juried art show, along with “My Secret Synergy Garden” by artist Rhonda Green on April 5. Green’s kinetic art sculptures are handmade from recycled metal objects, both new and found. Hosted by the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, the reception is open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display through June 1.

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    March is All About the Arts

    Mon, Mar 4 2019

    March features some terrific activities here in Ketchikan, and three of our favorites this month are all about the arts! First, head over to the Kayhi Auditorium on March 2-9 for the First City Players presentation of {Proof}. This Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama by playwright David Auburn is a haunting tale featuring two young women, their brilliant father, and one of his former students as pieces of a perplexing puzzle dealing with family secrets and a cryptic mathematical proof.

    Next, be sure to stop in at the Main Street Gallery for “Art & Science on the Katmai Coast.” Showing March 2-29, this exhibit features the work of artist David Rosenthal, who joined scientists studying environmental impact at Katmai National Park in 2015. The exhibit depicts Rosenthal’s work during his artist residency at the park. Lastly, don’t miss visiting performer Tim Easton on March 30 at the Saxman Tribal House for an evening of music. The Nashville-based Easton and Independent Music Award nominee for “Best American Song” will be joined by selected students of the Campfire Propaganda Songwriting Workshop.

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    Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

    Mon, Feb 4 2019

    This month, we invite our visitors and guests to join us in honoring Ketchikan’s own civil rights activist, Elizabeth Peratrovich. A member of the Tlingit nation, Peratrovich’s dedication to Native American civil rights began early when signs that read “No dogs or natives allowed” were commonplace. Peratrovich’s courage, tenacity, and passionate testimony about her children, her friends, and her own experience with racial discrimination were instrumental in obtaining the passage of the territory's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, which was also the first anti-discrimination law in America.

    In 1988, the Alaska Legislature proclaimed February 16 “Elizabeth Peratrovich Day.” Since then, a myriad of awards, parks, buildings, and monuments have been named in her honor, along with a theater here in the Discovery Center. She is also the topic of a documentary entitled “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska,” and a book (co-written by her son) titled “Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich.”  At the annual celebration on February 16, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Alaska Native Sisterhood will use music, dancing, and speeches to portray the ongoing struggle for Alaska Native civil rights at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

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    A Dynamic Duo of Arts and Fun

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    This month, the city of Ketchikan offers our visitors and guests a variety of fun and interesting activities from which to choose, and two of our favorites are listed here. First, head over to the Main Street Gallery for a curated exhibit featuring the art of one of the founders of Ketchikan’s Arts and Crafts Guild. “Cleo Weston - A Retrospective: 1930-2010” will be shown from January 5-25, and honors her art, her life, and her impact on other artists and the community.

    Next, get ready for one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year on January 31 – February 2, when the 33rd Annual Wearable Arts Show begins at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. This year’s theme is “Circus of Curiosities,” and features original wearable art created from an amazing variety of materials. The runway show is a spectacular combination of theatrics, dance, engineering, music, fashion, and magic! This unforgettable event features both gala performances and family-friendly matinees and is always a sellout, so snag your tickets soon!

  • A Wonderful Winter Tradition

    Mon, Dec 3 2018

    Every December, the folks in Ketchikan anticipate the celebration of many holiday traditions, and one of our favorites is the annual Winter Art Walk. In addition to a yearly spring walk near the first of May, this event is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and is always held the first Friday in December. The art walk is a terrific opportunity to see the latest work by local and regional artists, visit with friends and neighbors, and celebrate the joys of the season.

    Stroll and browse through 21 participating galleries, museums, and shops for artists and artisan-crafted gifts made in Alaska as you sip and savor free refreshments. In addition to art, you can shop for such items as jewelry, soaps, pet products, birch utensils, gourmet edibles, sui generis wearables and accessories, hand-painted ornaments, candles, books, and more. Note: fans of jazz trumpet will want to stop by the Creek Street Cabaret for their 2nd Annual Tribute to Chet Baker concert. So, grab your holiday gift list, bundle up, and join us on December 7 for a fun and frosty evening on the town.

  • Mamma Mia, It’s the Winter Arts Faire

    Thu, Nov 1 2018

    Ketchikan has a myriad of fun and fabulous events for our guest’s consideration this month, and two of our favorites are listed here. First, don’t miss the bright and charming musical “Mamma Mia” presented by the First City Players on November 2-11 at the Kayhi Auditorium. For tickets and details, call (907) 225-4792. Next, join us at the Saxman Community Center on November 24-25 for the holiday event of the winter season, the Winter Arts Faire.

    Presented by the Ketchikan Arts & Humanities Council, the Faire will showcase more than 80 artists and craftspersons with such fabulous gift items as jewelry, quilts, bags, dishes, ornaments, syrups and jams, baked goods, and works by local photographers and artists. Kids can have a ball in the crafts room while the grownups browse, sip hot beverages, and nibble on pastries. Photographer Charley Starr will be on hand for family photos, and don’t forget to snag your tickets to 2019’s Wearable Arts Show before they’re all sold out! A gala opening reception will be held on November 23, with live music, a no-host bar, and appetizers. Call (907) 225-2211 for details.

  • Ketchikan's Most Haunted

    Mon, Oct 1 2018

    October is the month when we begin to think of Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and the spooky haunts in our own backyards. Like most of towns and cities in the U.S. with a rich heritage, Ketchikan has a somewhat “spirited” population who seem to have made the town and its surrounds their permanent home. One example of this phenomenon is the now-demolished Guard Island Lighthouse. Originally located about nine miles north of here, the lighthouse was lit for the first time on September 15, 1904. With Prohibition came bootlegging, gambling, and several murders. Although the grounds are now closed, many who have visited the site report a variety of paranormal activity.     

    Additional sites around town that are allegedly haunted are Ketchikan High School, where a young student fell to his death in the 1940s. Reports of a shadowy figure and screams have been reported. And, let’s not forget Creek Street, where a mix of bootlegging and brothels led to mayhem and ghostly activity, particularly at the famous house of Dolly. To experience your own ghostly thrills and chills, check out Ketchikan Ghost Tours.

  • Magnificent Misty Fjords

    Mon, Sep 3 2018

    While Ketchikan is famous for being “The Salmon Capital of the World,” this delightful area of Alaska has a lot more to offer than some big fish. While we offer plenty of attractions, events, and activities to keep you hopping, this month we suggest a visit to a place with a quiet and mysterious beauty - the Misty Fjords National Monument. At almost three million acres of wilderness, the Monument offers pristine views of blue lakes, snow-topped mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, and so much more.

    Accessible only by seaplane and small watercraft, this is one of the most popular sites in the state for birders, wildlife photographers, and those who just want to see nature at its unspoiled finest. Many life forms call this area home, including wolverines, moose, sea lions, killer whales, all of the Pacific salmon species, and many more. Breathtaking views of waterfalls, glacial cliffs, hidden bays, and verdant rainforests also await adventurous travelers. Fog often shrouds Misty Fjords, which only adds to its beauty and mystery. For more information about Misty Fjords, call (907) 225-2148.

  • It’s Time for the 2018 CHARR Salmon Derby

    Mon, Aug 6 2018

    Calling all salmon fishing fanatics – whether you’re male or female, old or young; it’s time to fire up your outboard motors and make your way to your favorite salmon fishing hole for the eagerly-anticipated 2018 CHARR Salmon Derby. This year’s derby will be ongoing through three separate weekends: August 18-19, August 25-26, and September 1-3. Thousands of dollars of prize money will be awarded in cash, gift certificates, goods, equipment, travel vouchers, and other items. Award categories include adult, youth (under 16), and dozens of Special Prizes, including the KTKN $930 cash award for the 99.9th fish turned in. 

    The Grand Prize of $10,071 is donated by the King Salmon Derby Committee and Michael Briggs, plus a canvas photo of the winner worth $150 from The Cedars Lodge. Second prize is a 3-night getaway with meals included and two days of guided fishing worth $4,590, donated by the Salmon Falls Resort, plus $250 in cash, donated by the American Legion Auxiliary. Additional prizes include tickets from Alaska Airlines worth $2,500 and other items donated by additional local and regional businesses and organizations.

  • A Midsummer Night Tradition: “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter”

    Tue, Jul 3 2018

    Join us at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on July 13, 14, 20, and 21 for the First City Players’ annual performance of a beloved Ketchikan tradition, “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter.” Guests can enjoy a delectable dinner of crab or salmon, then sit back and relax during the show, where they can cheer on the hero and heroine, hiss and boo at the dastardly villain, and enthusiastically applaud the madam with a heart of gold. Now in its 52nd year, Ketchikan’s original musical-melodrama was proposed by arts-supporter June Allen.

    It was written by Bob Kinerk, with music by Jim Alguire, and has been performed with a few minor changes almost every year for half a century. The show’s plot concerns Ketchikan’s colorful past, with characters that include the fish pirates themselves, who stole salmon from the cannery’s traps, and sold it back to them, a cannery owner, and an array of ladies of joy and various drunkards. Locals make up the cast and the majority of the audience. Foolish but thoroughly entertaining, “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter” will steal your heart and warm your soul. For tickets and more information, call (907) 225-4792.

  • Give Dad a Slammin’ Salmon Getaway

    Mon, Jun 4 2018

    Want to make this Father’s Day one that Dad will cherish forever? Why not treat him to a salmon fishing getaway? Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world, and the months of May-October are optimal angling time for jumbo-sized Alaska king salmon. Some consider it a science, and others consider it an art, but all agree that salmon fishing in Alaska is a fisherman’s dream come true. No matter if Dad is an epic caster or just wants to try his hand at trolling, we provide U.S. Coast Guard-certified guides, along with an array of fully-guided and self-guided fishing packages for all levels of skill and experience.

    Add to Dad’s fun when you include Mom and the kids, and we’ll arrange packages and prices to plan the ideal trip for the entire family. Or, for those who don’t wish to fish, the town of Ketchikan has a wide variety of activities and attractions for every age and interest level, including whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and much more. For details, call us at (800) 247-9059.

  • Walk the Walk Year Round

    Tue, May 8 2018

    Most folks around Ketchikan are familiar with the two annual Art Walks presented by the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council – the Winter Art Walk the first Friday in December and the Celebration of the Sea Art Walk the first Friday in May. However, even though you may have missed out on either or both of these, you can still take your own Art Walk and visit the local businesses that support it, at any time with a year-round smartphone Art Walk app.

    Also, the Arts Council assembles a map of locations, art openings, entertainment, dining, community events, and even specials at local businesses. These maps are available at the Arts Council and at any of the participating businesses. Some of these businesses include the Alaska Fish House, the Main Street Gallery, the New York Café, Oceans Alaska, and Fat Stan’s Oyster Bar. Additional participants include the Alaska Eagle Arts Gallery, Arctic Spirit Gallery, Blasphemous Bill’s, Crazy Wolf Studio, and the Captain’s Lady, among many others. For details on how to get the app and more information about Art Walks, call (907) 225-2211, or click here.

  • Gateway to the Tongass: The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Explore the rich cultures of various Native American tribes and experience the wonder of the coastal rainforest. Learn more about the town of Ketchikan, its history and its people. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the ideal place to explore these stories, and more, all in one conveniently-located place. Located near the cruise ship docks, on the corner of Mill and Main, the Center greets visitors with a display of three Native American Totems that represent the Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian cultures. Within, interactive displays and exhibits focus on regional history and native traditions, along with Alaska’s rainforest and its ecosystems.

    The area’s natural resources are also featured, particularly those who represent an industry vital to Ketchikan’s economy, such as fishing, timber, mining, tourism, and recreation. Younger visitors will enjoy Junior Ranger activities and a scavenger hunt through the center, and the entire family will enjoy the salmon-observation exhibits at the aquarium, and the films depicting Ketchikan’s culture and history at the Center’s 150-seat movie theater. For details, call (907) 228-6220, or click here.

  • The Best of Alaska’s Wildlife: Eagles and Salmon

    Tue, Mar 6 2018

    With its spectacular natural beauty, rich Native American culture, and outstanding local attractions, Ketchikan is a natural choice for cruise ship stopovers, and an ideal destination for tourists. Although “Salmon is King” here, Ketchikan offers a wide variety of additional activities. One of the most popular stops for visitors, The Deer Mountain Hatchery and Eagle Center provides a fascinating look at two of the area’s most iconic examples of animal life.

    Managed by the Ketchikan Indian Community, this facility allows guest an up-close look at rescued birds at the Eagle Center, which functions as a rehab center for bald eagles, great-horned owls, and other birds that have been injured, along with prime viewing of salmon swimming upstream at the Hatchery, where these fish are tagged before being released into nearby streams, lakes, and rivers. Lucky guests may even get a glimpse of baby eagles, as two of the bald eagles at the center mated for life and are still there. Although the facility is usually open during May-September, they do offer winter appointments. For more information, call (800) 252-5158 or (907) 228-5530.

  • Wild & Free: The 32nd Annual Wearable Art Show Exhibit

    Thu, Feb 1 2018

    Make plans now to attend Ketchikan’s runway performance show of the year, when an amazing array of talent will rock the catwalk at the Wearable Art Show. The 2018 theme is “Wild & Free,” and features local and guest artists. These virtuosos of ingenuity will proudly strut their stuff as they model their unique couture creations made from such materials as milk jugs, trash bags, duct tape, wood, foam, and sequins. The combination of music, sculpture, theatrics, engineering, dance, and fashion always results in a creative tour de force, and explains why this annual gala has become one of the most popular events in the art community nationwide.

    The Wearable Art Show is the major fundraiser for the Arts Council, and the Ted Ferry Civic Center will host three runway performances on February 1, 2, and 3, with a family-friendly matinee Saturday afternoon. Afterward, the Wearable Art collection will be on exhibit February 9-23, allowing visitors to examine the artists’ work at their leisure. The runway performances usually sell out quickly, but some tickets are still available. Click here to snag yours ASAP!

  • This Winter, Check Out the Library

    Mon, Jan 8 2018

    Looking for some fun and interesting activities to brighten up the dark and dreary days of winter? Check out the Ketchikan Public Library for three stimulating and challenging ways to keep your mind active. First, if you’ve always thought you had a book in you, register for Fellowship of the Pen: Creating a Writer’s Toolkit. Beginning January 18, this writing program for teens and adults will show you how to get from wannabe to published author. For details, call Michelle at (907) 225-3331.

    Next, whether you’re a chess master, or just want to learn, drop in on January 20 to join the Chess Club. Finally, explore the topics of race and equality with the Social Justice Reading Group. Beginning January 22, the group will meet weekly to discuss a short reading. The first book in the series is the 2016 National Book Award winner “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi. For details about this and the Chess Club, call Lisa at (907) 228-2304.

  • Support KRBD Community Radio

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    When folks in Ketchikan and the surrounding area want to know what’s going on, they tune in to KRBD. Owned by Rainbird Community Broadcasting, the station airs programming from NPR and the BBC World News Service, along with local programming, and is a member of CoastAlaska. With its slogan of “Community Radio for Southern Southeast Alaska,” it’s not only non-profit community radio, but often community service radio, and they’re asking for support during their annual on-air auction. The three-hour fundraiser will be aired on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    The station has amassed an array of items to auction, but are still accepting goods and services. Auction items include homemade goodies, including baked goods and jars of raspberry jam, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, hand-carved wooden bowls, fine art, gift certificates, zipline tours, round-trip flights, a four-hour whale-watching tour, and much more. These items would make fabulous holiday presents for lucky friends and family, and make short work of that Christmas gift list. Jack Finnegan and Katherine Tatsuda will be the hosts for “the fastest three hours in radio,” and all proceeds will go toward the support of KRBD. To donate goods or services, call (907) 225-9655, (800) 557-5723, or email

  • Get Your Tickets for the Original Wearable Arts Show at Ketchikan’s Winter Arts Faire

    Tue, Nov 7 2017

    Kick off the holiday season in Ketchikan with this year’s Winter Arts Faire. A gala opening reception will be held on Friday, November 24th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A $5.00 admission fee supports the Arts Council, but is free for members. Join us for an evening of food, music, and fun, not to mention a wonderful holiday shopping experience. The Winter Arts Faire weekend continues on Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, so come and pare down that holiday shopping list with gift selections from over 80 area artisans.

    Held annually every February, the Ketchikan Wearable Arts Show is always so popular that it sells out long before the show, which is why tickets are available the weekend of the Winter Arts Faire. Tickets for the 32nd annual show (Feb. 1st – 3rd) will go on sale the morning of Saturday, November 25, so snag yours before they’re gone. The theme for 2018’s show will be “Wild and Free,” and the artist’s creations are made of everything from duct tape and wood, to milk jugs – the more creative the better!

  • This Month: A Historic Walking Tour and a Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

    Mon, Oct 2 2017

    Autumn is a wonderful time to visit beautiful Ketchikan, and to take advantage of the opportunity to explore and learn more about our town. One of the best ways to do this is to join the historic two-mile walking tour. You’ll visit 25 points of interest - all of them located within easy walking distance from downtown. The walk takes about two hours, and includes a stroll through Creek Street, Ketchikan’s museum and library (housed in the same building), Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan Creek and Falls, the Eagle Center, and the Deer Mountain Hatchery.

    For less strenuous activity combined with fascinating cultural imagery, visit the Main Street Gallery. From October 7 - 28, the gallery will host its “El Dia de los Muertos” exhibit. The Day of the Dead annual celebration is always the first day of November. The holiday originated in Mexico, where the living celebrate the lives of their beloved dead with offerings of food and drink, along with parties and festivals in their honor. This exhibit will feature art fashioned from two and three-dimensional media, and will include both traditional and non-traditional themes. For details, call (907) 225-2211.

  • The Totem Heritage Center: A Preservation of Native Culture

    Tue, Sep 5 2017

    Since the Stone Age, totems have played a significant role in most of the world’s earliest societies. From such humble origins as totemic charms that included animal claws or teeth, semi-precious stones, and additional symbols of protection and good fortune, there emerged the totem pole. One of the earliest art forms, these carved poles featuring likenesses of people, animals, and gods became increasingly intricate and refined with the use of iron tools.   

    After the decline of Alaska’s Native American populace, some of these totems were removed, but many were reclaimed and relocated, along with replicas of those that were removed. At the Totem Heritage Center, 33 of have been preserved, with 16 of them on permanent display. These striking examples of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian culture and heritage are exhibited surrounded by village site photos and various artifacts, and the public is invited to attend on September 14, when the center will host an open house. For more information, click here.

  • August Features Blueberries and Gigglefeet

    Tue, Aug 1 2017

    Join us in downtown Ketchikan on Friday, August 4th through Sunday August 6th for our 42nd annual Blueberry Arts Festival. This celebration of the Southeast Alaskan blueberry offers fun and entertainment for all, along with the famous Gigglefeet Dance Festival. Gigglefeet allows both visiting and local dancers the opportunity to perform a variety of traditional and contemporary dance. The Main Street Gallery features a curated exhibit, local artists will exhibit from booths, local bands will perform, and vendors galore will offer a variety of eats, along with the ever-popular blueberry crepes. 

    The Blueberry Pet and Doll Parade will kick off the festival, and this year’s events will feature a poetry slam, a Blueberry Beard & Mustache contest, a slug race, fun run races, and a blueberry pie-eating contest. Thomas Basin will be the site for the newest festival event - the Handmade Blueberry Boat Race. Contestants are encouraged to create people-powered rafts and compete for prizes of Fastest, Most Creative, and Most Likely to Sink. There will be a free shuttle running from the mall to the festival on Saturday, August 5th, and will provide general and handicap-accessible transportation for all.

  • This July, Get Hooked on Ketchikan

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. Guests of the Salmon Falls Resort are cordially invited to join us for any or all of Ketchikan’s holiday events.

    This year’s 4th of July parade will be starting at noon on Tuesday, July 4th, on Tongass Avenue.  The theme is “Hooked on Ketchikan - Salmon Capital of the World,” and a special kid’s parade will be held at 11:30. Live music abounds, and food, drink, and craft vendors will set up in the plaza. Timber and duck races, bicycle and foot races, and other activities will keep the fun going. The spectacular fireworks show near Pennock Island, which can be seen from almost anywhere in Ketchikan, will serve as the perfect finale for the holiday.

  • A Ketchikan Getaway for Father's Day

    Mon, Jun 5 2017

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come – a rustic Alaskan getaway. Indulge his playful side, his love of adventure, and his competitive spirit with an exciting gift of a fully guided fishing experience. Fully guided packages include deluxe accommodations and meals, and you can even have the chef prepare a fillet from your own freshly-caught catch. Dad’s full day of fishing on one of our 24’ orcas will also include tackle, bait, and weather gear, along with a round-trip transfer to and from the Ketchikan side of the Airport Ferry Terminal. Fish processing and shipping is also provided for an extra charge.

    For those in the family or getaway party who don’t care for fishing, Ketchikan is chock-full of interesting attractions and events. The Main Street gallery will be hosting the second annual Artists of Ketchikan Invitational Exhibit from June 2 – July 28, and the Totem Heritage Center exhibits and historic photographs provide an educational and interesting way to explore the area’s native heritage. To book your Ketchikan getaway, visit:, or call us at (844) 491-1658.

  • The Ketchikan King Salmon Derby

    Mon, May 1 2017

    The Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 27, with the final Awards Ceremony taking place on Friday, June 24, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. This year’s weigh-in station charities are: Clover Pass Resort Weigh-In Station – Rotary 2000, Knudson Cove Marina Weigh-In Station – Society Of American Foresters (Dixon Entrance Chapter), Bar Harbor Weigh-In Station – Ketchikan Lion’s Club, and the Mountain Point Weigh-In Station – Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. Sign up by calling (907) 821-8815, or emailing For more information, visit:

    Although guests of the Salmon Falls Fishing Resort may participate in the Derby, we also provide a variety of both self-guided and fully-guided fishing for participants with all levels of experience and skill. We’ll arrange packages and prices to plan the ideal trip, even for those who don’t plan to fish. Contact us today for bookings and more information on your perfect “staycation” package by calling (844) 491-1658, or visit:

  • Alaska's Hummingbird Festival: Return of the Rufous

    Mon, Apr 3 2017

    Every April, the town of Ketchikan hosts the Alaska Hummingbird Festival. This month-long celebration is held in honor of the return of Rufous hummingbirds from their long winter in Central America and the southern U.S. These tiny birds often travel as many as 12,000 miles during their round-trip migration and are welcomed back with feeders placed in various locations throughout the area.

    Their return is also observed by such events as guided bird hikes, arts and crafts workshops, films, special activities for children, and the Hummingbird Art Festival - a juried art show held annually to promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of Southeast Alaska. This exhibit will be displayed at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center from Friday, April 7th, until June 3rd.

    Hosted by the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, the festival will award cash prizes for Adult and Juvenile Best of Show, Adult and Juvenile First Prize, and Adult and Juvenile Honorable Mention. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is located on Main Street in downtown Ketchikan and is open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Leslie Swada at:, or call (907) 228-6290.

  • "Family" Photography Exhibit

    Wed, Mar 1 2017

    From March 3rd-31st, the Main Street Gallery will present “Family,” an exhibit by Ketchikan’s own Nick Bowman. Bowman is a veteran reporter and photographer for the Ketchikan Daily News and this is his first photo show. The focus of “Family” is dogs, and Bowman’s show includes various shots of the animals, including his own Corgi, Charlie, who was his first dog model.


    Bowman didn’t start his career with dreams of being an artist. His camera was used for photos to supplement sports and feature articles, but trial and error improved his photography skills and increased his pleasure in the medium. About his dog photos, Bowman said, “There’s just a lot to play with, the texture and the color of the fur, the myriad of color patterns dogs have. Obviously there’s a lot of variation of people too but you really can create some beautiful pictures of dogs.” A total of about 71 prints will be featured in the exhibit. “Family” can be viewed at the gallery all day, during regular hours. For more information, contact Marni Rickleman at the Main Street Gallery at (907) 225-2211. Bowman’s website is

  • An Evening of Dance

    Wed, Feb 8 2017

    “An Evening of Dance” will be performed by the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Featuring original choreography by four of the school’s instructors, the performance promises to be their most creative productions yet. One of the highlights will be light-up props and a “totally awesome ‘80s throwback,” as well as numbers that contain different forms of dance, such as jazz, tap, and modern ballet.

    Founded in 1961, the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet is the oldest school of dance in Southeast Alaska, and their mission is to provide the highest available quality of dance education, while supporting each student’s level of creativity and talent. They strive to instill a strong sense of self-discipline and self awareness in each student, and to delight audiences with each performance.

    Performance dates and times are February 23rd and February 24th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (907) 225-9311 or visit:

  • Keep Your New Year Resolutions

    Mon, Jan 9 2017

    If you made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit, or to stay fit in 2017, the Gateway Recreation Center will be your best buddy. The Center has two full-size gyms for roller-skating, fitness classes, tot gym, soccer, pickleball, and basketball. There are pools and a dry sauna on site. Their state of the art cardio room has stair steppers, rowers, stationary bikes, treadmills, cross trainers, a summit trainer, and a versa climber. Both universal and free weights are available in the weight room, and there are three racquet ball courts, two of which are adaptable for games of hand ball and squash. Locker rooms and showers are available, and there are plenty of activities for children. On-site childcare is available (for children aged 2–6) for those who prefer their workout in a child-free zone. Monthly and yearly passes are available, along with day passes for visitors. For more information on activities, schedules, and passes, call (907) 228-6625, or visit

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