Originally sourced by the Tlingit and Haida peoples for its seafood riches, Craig began in the early 20th century as a fish saltery before becoming a logging hub in the 1950s.
Living In Craig
As one of the top fishing ports in the nation, Craig is the largest community on Prince of Wales Island with a population of 1,231.
What to See and Do
Craig is the retail, service and transportation center for the island. Fishing, fish processing, timber, and tourism are what sustains the local economy. So much in fact, when fishing season hits, the two harbors in the center of town become so filled with fishing trollers and crab boats, that many vessels are forced to anchor out in the bay.
The city and surrounding region provides numerous recreational and sight-seeing opportunities. Surrounding waters attract a wide variety of marine mammals and sea birds, including sea otters, blue herons, cormorants, humpback whales, harbor seals, and sea lions. Visitors can watch salmon at nearby Cable Creek Fish Pass and Dog Salmon Fish Pass. Both areas have viewing platforms to see spawning salmon and black bears feasting. The city itself boasts a community swimming pool, a city gym and numerous parks. Trailheads for the popular Graveyard and Sunnahae trails are within city limits.
Craig is home to more than half-a-dozen food venues, including a full-service restaurant, and two pizzerias.
Where to Live
The average cost of rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $765 per month. Median home price is $206,300.
How to Get Around
Transportation within Craig is fairly easy. Many facilities are within walking distance to the downtown
When traveling by air to Craig, visitors can fly Alaska Airlines from Seattle, Anchorage or other points in Southeast Alaska. For visitors who wish to arrive by seaplane, Pacific Air and Taquan Air both fly a scheduled service from Ketchikan to the Fred Hamilton Sr. Seaplane Base in Craig.
Craig is connected to other communities in Prince of Wales Island through the most extensive road system in the Inside Passage, with 1,300 miles of paved or maintained gravel roads. Visitors can take the Interisland Ferry from Ketchikan to Hollis and drive 29 miles to Craig.
For marine travel, visitors can take an Alaska Marine Highway Ferry from Bellingham, Washington; Prince Rupert British Columbia; or other ports in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.
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