Chichagof Island


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Chichagof Island

an island of Alaska, in the Alexander Archipelago. Area: 5439 sq. km (2100 sq. miles)
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The sawmill, located on Chichagof Island, is more than 160 kilometers by water route from Skagway.
And with Chichagof Island hosting the world's highest concentration of bears per square mile, sightings are virtually guaranteed.
Estimated gross revenue and number of visitors for nature- based tourism activities in Sitka, Summer 2006 Activity Revenue Visitors Lodges $4,917,550 1,908 Hunting $252,000 20 Sightseeing/Wildlife $3,360,350 33,610 Flight Service $360,620 360 Small Cruise Ships * $90,000 3,000 Marine charters $1,409,320 1,270 Boat rental $209,000 70 Guided Kayaking $261,210 285 Charter Yachts $4,300,380 1,110 Day Charters $371,850 300 Drop-offs $17,130 90 Total $15,549,410 42,023 * The small cruise ship industry is centered on northern Southeast Alaska in part due to the scenic beauty of Chichagof Island.
Located on the north side of Chichagof Island near the northern entrance of the Inside Passage, Elfin Cove is a small fishing village with a winter population of only 35.
Nestled amid the peaks and fjords of northern Chichagof Island and only 22 miles from magnificent Glacier Bay already one of Alaska's premiere destinations--Port Icy Strait will offer all of the activities tourists already flock north for: fishing, bear-watching, flightseeing, cultural activities and much more.
Geological Survey in mapping the northern half of Chichagof Island (a 72-mile island located just north of Baranof Island) in little more than a month.
A typical six-night cruise will include two full days exploring Glacier Bay National Park, whale watching in Icy Strait, exploring the shoreline of Chichagof Island, cruising Tracy Arm Fjord, and circum-navigating Admiralty Island National Monument, home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world.
A coalition of residents, community groups and hunting lodges on Chichagof Island is currently fighting a five-year timber sale in the area intended to supply the two mills operated by Alaska Pulp Co.
Environmentalists have slowed the release of Forest Service logging tracts at Salmon Bay on Prince of Wales, on Chichagof Island on Kuiu Island near Kadashan, at Chuck River, and at other locations, by filing suits over everything from the adequacy of the Forest Service's master environmental impact statement contained in five-year contract cut plans to the effects of logging on subsistence hunting rights of nearby villagers.
Isolated brown bears living in Alaska's Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands trace between 5 and 10 percent of their DNA to polar bears, Lindqvist's team found.