Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan

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On a former Native American campground, Totem Bight State Historical Park showcases 15 totem poles and a replica of a community house that help tell the heritage of the region. Nestled on 13 hectares (33 acres) of Alaskan forestland, the site showcases 19th-century totems depicting characters to help tell stories of local tribes. You'll see how the community lived with a view of the clan house that had removable floorboards for storage and separate living quarters that could house up to 50 people. The surrounding topography is home to bears and wolves, sea lions, deer, and eagles. If you wander farther toward the bays and inlets, you may spot whales. Arrange your visit to Totem Bight State Historical Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ketchikan using our Ketchikan journey maker app .
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  • I like the different totem poles. The carvings are unique. It’s located on the ocean which is very beautiful. The clan building is interesting. You can also Ty’s your. $5 admission without your.  more »
  • Really enjoyed the info and its delivery about the totem poles and their stories. The best part was Braden as he was very skilled at delivering the info in an entertaining manner and controlling by en...  more »
  • This park, which was a Civilian Conservation Corps site during the New Deal, has lovely restored totem poles, a long house, short accessible walking paths, and a small beach. It is on the local bus li...  more »
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  • Beautiful little park just a 20 minute drive from the cruise port. Find a cab to take you rather than pay for an excursion or wait for the shuttle. Cab was $30 for 6 people. Make sure to walk out to the beach for some time pool viewing.
  • Absolutely a must see. Quite a few totem poles and lodge in a wonderful scenic setting. Beautiful views and a wonderful walk. Also, it is free. A short bus ride from downtown.
  • Totem Bight is such a magical location. I visited on a chilly day in April. The short path is through a dense forest with ferns and enormous trees that lead you towards the clearing where the Totems are placed. There was a mist rolling in that gave the grounds a mystical quality. Above my head Bald Eagles calling and circling as they perched overlooking the tidal waters. The Totems are beautiful and colorful, each has a unique look and towers above you. This place was once a fishing camp for the native people. You can walk around and become transported to another time. If you are interested in learning more about Native Culture this place is worth a visit. P
  • Well worth the time and admission. Self guided tour with in depth signage explaining the poles
  • Great tour guide. A good history lesson about totem poles.
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