CRAIG ALASKA THE GATEWAY TO THE TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
Craig, Alaska is located 56 miles northwest of Ketchikan, Alaska on the west side of Prince of Wales Island. Known as a gateway to the Tongass National Forest, Craig is a small town supported by Sportfishing Lodges, Logging and Commercial Fishing. Craig, Alaska has about 1000 full time residents and grows to over 3,000 during the summer.
THE HISTORY OF CRAIG, ALASKA
The Tlingit and Haida peoples have historically utilized the area around Craig for it’s rich resources. A fish saltery was built on nearby Fish Egg Island in 1907 by Craig Miller. Between 1908 and 1911, he constructed the Lyndenburger Packing Company and cold storage plant at the present site of Craig. In 1912, a post office, school, sawmill, and a salmon cannery were constructed. Excellent salmon runs contributed to the development and growth of the community through the late 1930’s. In the 1950’s logging on Prince of Wales Island started and still hosts one of the oldest old growth cedar mills in the Country. Today, Craig is home to Viking Lumber as well as welcoming the Sportfishing fleet and commercial fisherman during the summer months!
Book your Alaska Fishing Vacation in the Tongass National Forest and experience the town of Craig and appreciate shopping at some local stores which are rich with Native Culture and have some great gifts. Craig is a gateway to the Tongass National Forest which offers the Best Place to Fish in Alaska! Come visit Screamin’ Reels Lodge located just a few miles from Craig, Alaska!