Northwest of Thorne Bay are over 850 grottos and caves carved from karst formations, the most famous of which is El Capitan. During the summer, U.S. Forest Rangers lead two-hour tours into the popular local attraction.
Living In Thorne Bay
Once home of the largest logging camp in North America during the 1960s, Thorne Bay is a serene and peaceful town with a population of just 550 and is located 38 miles northeast of Ketchikan on the east coast of Prince of Wales Island.
What to See and Do
Primarily serving as a timber transfer stop for Prince of Wales Island, the town has become a popular hotspot for fishing and trapping wildlife such as deer, salmon, halibut, shrimp and crab.
The bay itself features calm waters making it an ideal locale for coastal kayaking and plenty of opportunities for whale watching.
Just a short walk from the Thorne Bay marina there is a restaurant, a small but well-stocked grocery store (which receives a float plane delivery of goods from the Juneau Costco every two weeks), and a tackle shop to help residents and visitors alike to catch an abundance of halibut, salmon, and crab.
Where to Live
The median cost of rent is $854 per month. Median home price is $205,400.
How to Get Around
Thorne Bay is accessible via float/sea plane and small watercraft.
Thorne Bay 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. There are also several hundred miles of logging roads that many visitors traverse on mountain bikes.
The Inter-Island Ferry Authority provides service from Ketchikan.
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Map View of Thorne Bay