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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  • 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
  • A very nice place to visit. Good recreations of buildings and Totems that existed. I prefer to come here after all the tourists are gone and soak in the peace.
  • Nice place to visit. The tour guode did a good job explaining the totem poles.
  • Totem Bight State Park is an amazing place to appreciate the living legacy of Tlingit and Haida totem pole carving. The natural surroundings and the beach are beautiful, and there is great interpretive information all around the park, so anyone can visit and learn a tons without needing a guided tour. As a lifelong Ketchikan resident, I love whenever I visit Totem Bight, and I always take guests there when they visit.
  • Nice place to see some totems and if you find someone that can tell the totem's story that enhances the experience.
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