Annual Pelican King Salmon Derby

Welcome to Pelican, Alaska!

Located on the northwest portion of Chichagof Island, approximately 100 miles west of Juneau and 90 miles north of Sitka, Pelican is considered to be the starting point to visit the Chichagof & Yakobi Island Wilderness Area. Founded as a commercial fish processing site in 1938 the town’s fish plant adopted the logo “closest to the fish”, a claim Pelican retains to this day.

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Pelican Alaska
Pelican Alaska

Closest to the Fish

Pelican’s motto, “closest to the fish”, is not without good reason. The town was founded because of its close proximity to the Gulf of Alaska and its fish rich waters.

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A Glimpse of Pelican's Beginning

September 26, 1938 is the day the F/V “Pelican” arrived in Lisianski Inlet to begin construction of a cold storage.

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© 2006 Pelican Chamber of Commerce


The Pelican Harbor is operated by the City of Pelican. The City has 98 berths, which includes permanent berthing spaces and transient moorage. Click Here to Learn More

Pelican is a mixture of commercial fishing industry and tourism. As such, you will not be overwhelmed by a large number of high capacity lodges. Pelican's lodges are family owned establishments, some of which are remodels of buildings that were here in the very early days of the town. Click Here to Learn More

City of Pelican (907) 735-2202
Port Fax (907) 735-2258
VHF Channels 16 & 9



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