Welcome to Southern Panhandle
Residents like to call this region of Alaska ‘rainforest islands': lush, green, watery, remote and roadless to the outside world. This is the heart of Southeast Alaska’s fishing industry, and the region’s best wilderness fishing lodges are scattered in the small coves of these emerald isles. Cruise ships pass through but they only inundate Ketchikan; the other communities receive few if any vessels. Two ferry systems, the Alaska State Marine Highway and the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, serve the area, so island-hopping, even in this remote rainforest, is easy.