Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan

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State Park · Historic Site
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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  • Great state park with easy to hike trail and educational details. I was with my mother in her 70s who had no issues getting down to the beach and exploring the Totems. The Clan house was...  more »
  • Take the city bus out to the park. Lovely trail with totem poles along the water. Of it is sunny, visit towards sundown. Peaceful  more »
  • Beautiful and impressive structure! Lovely walking paths. But nothing was open. The info center, store, everything was locked up. We paid for this tour and were on our own.  more »
  • Our tour guide was great and the totem poles and the stories were interesting. Seeing the array of poles there and the history of each pole was interesting. The clan house and the related stories was something you could get your head around picturing 60 to 80 individuals in the clan house and the central fire pit; as well as the story of the children being responsible for keeping the fire going. Good visit worth the price.
  • This is an amazing place to visit, especially after being on a cruise ship for 5 days. The flora and fauna are breathtaking and they give an amazing glimpse into the climate here in Ketchikan, my favorite stop in Alaska. The totem poles tell a story, each and every one, some describe a beginning and some an end, and there are no inanimate carvings, only humans and animals, and spirit animals. It is a place to breathe deep and realize just how small yet significant man is on this planet. It is a wonder to imagine teachings and folklore from years before us, and to ponder what it will take to preserve the past. Please visit this humble yet proud place, it is truly remarkable.
  • This is clearly a must see in this area. The park is extremely well maintained on a beautiful setting near the water. The poles are majestic with great colors and carved with lovely craftsmanship. There are multiple reader boards explaining the history and reasoning for the different shaped poles. Take the short ride from town and visit this one of a kind park.
  • Far from terminal and not much to see. New in effect as of Aug 2019 is an entrance fee of $5 per person. About 15 totem poles, a tribal house and a restoration area. Can do casual walk through in 45 min. Couple of small openings to the shore that was interesting. If you are on a cruise and time is critical, watch your time. Bus to and from terminal comes once an hour and is $2 person each way (20 min). Total travel 1hr. For the travel time, the entrance fee and it's small site, you really need to be a history enthusiest to make the trek here.
  • Short but nice little park. Beautiful little walk. Nice totem poles. Worth it. I took the LOCAL bus there from a cruise ship instead of paying 80 bucks on the cruise ship. It cost me 2dollars and5.00 to get in.

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