The Things To Do In Ketchikan

During our time in Ketchikan at an Alaskan fishing lodge we soon found there was many more alaskan activities to do than just slay the mighty king salmon. Soon we became overwhelmed at how much we could do realizing we had so little time to accomplish so much. Here are some of the best things to do while in Ketchikan Alaska.

Boating / Diving

While in Ketchikan, you can engage in some undersea exploration with the help of the Wind & Water Dive Center, or enjoy sailing with the Ketchikan Ocean Racing Circuit.

Camping

If you seek solitude while in Ketchikan, reserve one of the remote cabins the U.S. Forest Service maintains within 75 miles of the community. Some sit on the seashore, others are on the shores of lakes and the banks of streams and estuaries. A number are so remote, they are only accessible by floatplane. The accommodations in the cabins are truly rustic. They include plywood bunks, oil or wood stoves, and outhouses. Contact the Forest Service to reserve one of them.

Ketchikan Alaska range and activitiesPhoto Credit:Steve Betts

Hiking

Exploring the sea is not the only thing you will want to do while in Ketchikan. You will also want to hike the miles of trails surrounding the town maintained by the Ketchikan Outdoor Recreation and Trails Coalition. The trails traverse a little bit of everything, from seashores to mountaintops.

Sports

If you want to catch a baseball game, or play a little basketball, it is available here, too. There are tons of sports leagues and recreational groups such as the youth Dribblers League and the Ketchikan, Alaska Youth Football League. For the adults, there is basketball and softball. The Gateway Recreation Center, established in the early 1990′s, furnishes several different athletic outlets. Activities include basketball, soccer, roller-skating, racquetball, handball, aerobics, martial arts, and even fitness equipment. During winter months, snowshoes and alpines skis may be rented. A full-size competition swimming pool is also available, as well as saunas and a warm-down pool. Don’t know how to swim? No problem. Master swimmers give lessons on technique, fitness and endurance.

Tours

It is truly inspiring to experience southeast Alaska from the sea, taking in picturesque scenery on a ferry, private charter or your own craft. The Alaska Marine Highway, traveling the waters of the Inside Passage year round, provides service for passengers and vehicles. If you come in your own watercraft, call the local visitors’ bureau ahead of time to verify mooring. If you want an intimate tour of Ketchikan’s waterways, venture out in a canoe or kayak or even a bicycle. If you want to venture out on land on your own, there are several car rental options in Ketchikan.