The Alaska Marine Highway services Ketchikan and commercial air carriers service Prince of Wales multiple times daily.
Ferry Service: There is ferry service to POW daily leaving Ketchikan and arriving in Hollis on POW.
We provide a 2pm Saturday check-in and an early morning checkout on the following Saturday. A rented vehicle will be provided for your to travel to and from the Bear’s Den and also for your use during the week. It will be available for your pickup at either Klawock Airport or the Hollis Ferry Terminal. The rental vehicle is included in your fee for the Bear’s Den, but a valid credit card and driver’s license is required to complete the rental transaction. Round trip tickets for the ferry are approximately $100.
Air service is provided to POW by Taquan Air and Island Air Express in Ketchikan on a daily basis. Call us to help you plan the best way to come to Coffman Cove.
Prince of Wales Island is the third largest island in the United States. It is approximately the size of the state of Delaware (2231 square miles). It’s located on Alaska’s panhandle within close proximity of British Columbia “You can see it from the Bear’s Den’s porch on clear days.” Coffman Cove is a picturesque small town located on the northeast corner of the Island.
For the fishing enthusiast, great fishing is just out front of town or follow the road system to more than two dozen great fishing spots with an enormous array of fish to target within a few miles from town.
Spring brings in steelhead, Dolly Varden, and cutthroat to the local rivers. Five species of salmon are sought after in June that include sockeye, pinks, keta and coho salmon. King salmon forage out front in the Straits year round at Coffman Cove.
Prince of Wales Island (POW) has more than 2000 miles of road with more than 200 miles of paved roads to travel. POW is part of Tongass National Forest and is considered a temperate rain forest with more than 120 inches of rain annually. It is Earth’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. Summer temperatures range from high 40’s to the mid 70’s.
The Island teams with wildlife. There is an abundance of black bear sightings “there are no brown bears on POW.”. Sitka black tail is very common to observe from the road. The surrounding waters to Coffman Cove have bald eagles, harbor seals, orcas, dolphins and great humpback whales that will sometimes come to visit you while fishing.
Saltwater fishing is minutes from Coffman Cove’s dock. Trophy size halibut are caught just out front. Salmon fishing is great right out front also.