Welcome to Pelican
The town was established in 1938 by a fish packer and named after his boat. Fishing remains Pelican’s raison d’être and accounts for 90% of its trickle of tourists. It has the closest harbor to Fairweather’s salmon grounds – the reason its population swells during the summer. Other than that, facilities are thin.
It's viable to travel between Pelican and Juneau on a twice-a-month ferry, spend two hours on shore, and then take the ferry back to Juneau. It's a long but not unpleasant voyage and whale sightings are common on the way.