What to See and Do
Pelican, population 90, is a small fishing village the Lisianski Inlet, on the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. Built in the 1930s as a cold storage site for fisherman, the quaint town is known for its sport fishing community and access to wildlife photography. You can charter a boat for fishing or go kayaking at the nearby White Sulfur Hot Springs.
Eating and Drinking
People in Pelican can enjoy a 1-mile long boardwalk, a general store, library (open three hours a day), or take in a meal or cup of coffee at one of two local restaurants. Pelican also boasts a city hall, health center, church, liquor store, and fire department.
Where to Live
For a small fishing town, Pelican offers an array of accommodations, including city-owned bunkhouses, apartment rentals, and nearby U.S. Forest Service cabins. Median home value is $191,300.
How to Get Around
You can reach Pelican on a quick one-hour flight from Juneau. Alaska Seaplanes offers three flights daily in the summer and 1-2 flights daily in winter.
Pelican is on the Alaska Marine Highway System, with the ferry stopping here once a month year round.