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Angoon is located on the southwest coast at Kootznoowoo Inlet. It is 55 miles southwest of Juneau and 41 miles northeast of Sitka. It is the only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island, with a population less than 600. The word Kootsnoowoo translates to Xootsnoowú in the native language of the Tlingit tribe and means “fortress of brown bears”; a name that is fitting because the region is inhabited by an estimated 1,600 brown bears. In addition to the bear population, the area is also home to a dense population of Sitka black-tailed deer and the world’s highest density of bald eagles.

Angoon is located on the southwest coast at Kootznoowoo Inlet. It is 55 miles southwest of Juneau and 41 miles northeast of Sitka. It is the only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island, with a population less than 600. The word Kootsnoowoo translates to Xootsnoowú in the native language of the Tlingit tribe and means “fortress of brown bears”; a name that is fitting because the region is inhabited by an estimated 1,600 brown bears. In addition to the bear population, the area is also home to a dense population of Sitka black-tailed deer and the world’s highest density of bald eagles.

What to See and Do

The Angoon village offers a rich history to explore. The traditional Clan houses and their totems serve as the backdrop for its residents strong ties’ to the Tlingit culture which is upheld through day-to-day subsistence activities and community celebrations.

For those who enjoy kayaking, a 32-mile trail system begins in Angoon and links to eight major lakes and seven portages; allowing paddlers to travel from the east end of Mitchell Bay to Mole Harbor in Seymour Canal. For those who prefer to hike, a sand spit and an observation tower along the creek are accessible via a one-mile trail.

The main attraction is the bear-viewing at Pack Creek. Pack Creek gives brown bears a protected habitat while also providing a place where visitors can watch the bears up close. In addition to brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, river otter, mink, marten, and other small mammals call Pack Creek home.

 

Eating and Drinking

Angoon is served by a single general store, Angoon Trading Company. The store offers a variety of items, albeit in limited supply. Items you may find in the store include groceries and clothing, lumber and hardware; and gifts and sundries.

Where to Live

Rentals are about $707 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Median home value is $165,800.

 

How to Get Around

Air:

Alaska Seaplanes offers daily floatplane service to Angoon. By seaplane, it’s a 30-minute trip. You’ll land on the water and taxi to the floatplane dock, which is about ¼ of a mile from town.

Road:

Angoon is not accessible by road.

Water: 

Angoon is accessible by ferry twice a week. The ferry is a five-hour trip from Juneau, followed by a 3-mile trek into town.