Ketchikan, Alaska is located on Revillagigedo Island, 90 miles (140 km) north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and 235 miles (378 km) south of Juneau, Alaska. Ketchikan is the southeastern most city in Alaska. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. "Ketchikan" comes from the Tlingit name for the creek.
Totem Bight State Historical Park is ten miles north of Ketchikan. The 11-acres park has 15 restored and re-carved totems as well as a colorful community house. Totem Bight also has one picnic shelter that can be reserved. The park sits among a lush rainforest and the rocky coastline of Tongass Narrow.
With the growth of non-Native settlements in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900's, and the decline of a barter economy, Natives moved to communities where work was available. The villages and totem poles they left behind were soon overgrown by forests and eroded by weather. In 1938 the U.S. Forest Services began a program aimed at salvaging and reconstructing these large cedar monuments. By using Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) funds to hire skilled carvers from among the older Natives, two things took place: young artisans learned the art of carving totem poles, and totems which had been left to rot in the woods were either repaired or duplicated.
By the time World War II slowed down the CCC project, the community house and 15 poles were in place. The name of the site was then changed to Totem Bight. At statehood in 1959, title to the land passed from the federal government to the State of Alaska, and the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. At that time it came under the management of the State Department of Natural Resources for continuing historic preservation treatment by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Historical and Park information. More facility information.
Refuge Cove is a 13 acre park stretching a 1/2 mile between the sandy beach and Sunset Drive Road. Refuge Cove SRS has 12 picnic sites, eight are ADA accessible, and fire ring grills. One picnic Shelter that can be reserved for special events by calling 247- 8574. This is a frequent stop for many local families for an evening picnic and fabulous sunset views from the half mile beach trail. More facility information
Settlers Cove State Recreational Area is located in a temperate rainforest in the Ketchikan Region of Alaska. Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce can all be found within the park. Settlers Cove is nestled in a quiet spot in Clover Passage with a campground, large day use parking lot and two picnic shelters, one by the beach and one along the trail to the waterfall. Both shelters can be reserved by calling 907-247-8574. A rare feature in the Ketchikan area is the sandy beach found along a section of the park. The Hollow Cedar Beach Access Trail provides ADA access with assistance to the beach picnic shelter. The waters of Clover Passage is a kayakers haven.
There are a series of trails throughout the park. The Lunch Falls Loop Trail provides access over and beyond Lunch Creek, to the beach and a mile loop trail through the forest. A trail connection occurs on Lunch Creek above the Waterfall Viewing Deck to another mile hike up the Lunch Creek Trail, adjoining the 3.5 mile trail continuation on US Forest Service property to the Emery Tobin Lakes. More facility information. Park Map