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Klawock (Tlingit: Láwaak) is a city in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, in the U.S. state of Alaska, on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, on Klawock Inlet, across from Klawock Island. The population was 854 at the 2000 census.

It is 90 km (56 mi) from Ketchikan, 11 km (seven mi) from Craig, and 39 km (24 mi) from Hollis.

Below is a snapshot of the cost of living in Klawock:

  • Population: 854
  • Average Lunch: $8 – $11 (not including tip & tax)
  • Cable/ Satellite TV Subscription: $50+ up./Month
  • Average Residential Utilities:
    Electricity: $85/ month
    Gas Bill: $11
  • Fuel:
    Gasoline: $2.89 /Gal.
  • Taxes: 5.5% sales tax; No property tax

What to See and Do

Situated on the picturesque west coast of Prince of Wales Island, Klawock is a small town of 854 residents. With an average temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 37 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, the town is a popular destination for fishing, camping, hiking, and enjoying the simpler things in life.

The town is known for being the site of the oldest cannery in Alaska and is also home to Klawock’s Totem Park, featuring 21 authentic totem poles, the largest collection of its kind in Alaska. The town also boasts the popular annual “Celebration by the Sea” festival, celebrating its fishing history and connection to the ocean.

Eating and Drinking

The majority of restaurants available to Klawock residents are located in the town of Craig.


Where to Live

Finding available rentals in Klawock is relatively difficult. New residents have a better chance of finding housing in the town of Craig, only eight miles away. Be aware, due to the popularity of fishing in the region, housing options become limited once the fishing season starts.

How to Get Around

Air: A short, eight-minute drive from Klawock is Klawock Airport. Charter, cargo, and passenger service are all available daily. Passenger service to Ketchikan International Airport is provided by Island Air Express, and is a short half hour flight. Harris Air provides cargo and passenger flights to Sitka Airport, where connections can be made to Juneau.

Road: Klawock is on Price of Wales Island. Other towns Craig and Hollis are accessible by state highways 929 and 924. Due to limited options of road public transportation on the island, it is recommended you have your own vehicle.

Water: The Inter-Island Ferry Authority provides daily ferry service between nearby Hollis and Ketchikan. Ketchikan is the southern-most Alaskan city, closest to the lower 48 United States.