Island Home of the Tlingit Community



This island is a popular destination for those who want to view Alaskan wildlife and enjoy hunting, fishing, and boating. Many organized Alaskan adventures leave from this island and travel to more remote areas of the Northern part of Southeast Alaska. One of the most common hunting expeditions is for Sitka Blacktail Deer. This species is abundant near Juneau and on the island. Many of these hunts are self-guided and the tour companies will fly you into the area you want to travel and pick you up when you are finished. It is recommended that those hunting in the location be heavily armed with powerful weapons because the island is filled with Grizzlies. Located on the island is the town of Hoonah. There are less than 1,000 residents in the town, living in approximately 300 homes. The community can only be reached by plane or boat. The area is home to the Tlingit community, indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. This hunting and gathering culture with a focus on family and heritage. Their culture is divided into two moieties, the Raven and the Eagle, and these groups are further divided into tribes. The experience of visiting Chicagof Island and meeting the Tlingit people is an experience that will not soon be forgotten.

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