Cruises To Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska Cruise ships dock by the center of town. Alternatively ships may dock at The Mill At Ward Cove cruise ship dock, located 7 miles north west of downtown Ketchikan, a 15 minute shuttle bus ride. On busy days, some ships may need to anchor, to transfer passengers into Ketchikan harbor by tender.

Where do cruise ships dock in Ketchikan (or tender) @ googlemaps  Ketchikan Cruise Port    The Mill At Ward Cove

Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Creek Street doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Creek Street In the 1920s and 1930s Creek Street came alive every night as gold miners and fisherman came to drink and visit the clapboard brothels built haphazardly beside the boardwalk on pilings driven into the creek. Now it's home to boutique shops and tasteful art galleries. One house, though, still recalls those heady years. Dolly's House belonged to Dolly Arthur, a famous madam. Today's it's a museum, packed with memorabilia of her life and times.

Fish Ladder doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Fish Ladder In July through August, the salmon run happens, and Ketchikan Creek is full of the magnificent fish. Across from the library, at the end of Creek street, there's a bridge overlooking a waterfall on the creek. Here you'll find a Fish Ladder which helps the fish negotiate the falls, and it's very exciting to watch them leap from pool to pool as they make their way upstream.

Ketchikan Walking Tour doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Ketchikan Walking Tour A Ketchikan Walking Tour is a great way to get to know the town. You'll see include many places of interest, each with a fascinating history. Favorite stops include Creek Street, the Fish Ladder, City Park (pictured here), Ketchikan Creek, the Eagle Center, the Fish Hatchery, and the Totem Heritage Center. You can get a map which covers two different tours from the Visitor center by the cruise dock. Remember to bring a waterproof jacket, as Ketchikan is the wettest town in Alaska (the locals even call rain 'liquid sunshine'!).

Deer Mountain doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Deer Mountain One great outing for enthusiastic and fit hikers is the climb of Deer Mountain, a steep and challenging hike that starts near the end of Ketchikan Lakes Road. The trail zig-zags up the west side of Deer Mountain, finally reaching the mountain ridge which leads to the summit at just over 3000'. And if you're lucky you'll spot mountain goats, black bears, or sitka deer. The top of the mountain affords spectacular views of Ketchikan and the wild Alaskan interior. The hike's around 5 miles as a roundtrip, so allow at least 4 hours. It's about half-a-mile from Ketchikan cruise port to the trailhead.

Totem Bight State Park Totem Bight State Park In the early 1900s native Alaskans moved to large towns, in search of employment, deserting their villages and unique totem poles. In 1938 the US Forest Services started a project to reclaim these cultural icons, employing experienced native carvers to refurbish the poles. At Totem Bight State Park you can see the fantastic results of their work, together with a model native village called Mud Bight. The Park is about 8 miles north-west of Ketchikan cruise port, and you either take a cab, or the city bus (which has a stop, very conveniently, just across from the cruise port).

Legend doorstep graphic  a shore excursion conveniently close to the port.