The Huna Tlingit people are native to this area of Southeast Alaska. Their village was originally near Glacier Bay on the other side of Icy Strait, but they moved their village due to advancing glaciers in the 1700’s. By the mid-1700’s, they permanently relocated to the Hoonah area, located across Icy Strait and twenty miles south of their prior village location. Hoonah remains a predominately Native Alaskan community. The community supports a lot of summer tourism and is a common stop for many cruise ships visiting the area. There are several tour companies and carter boats available for those that want to explore the area, including some that specialize in birding including birding tours designed for cruise ship passengers stopping in Hoonah.
General Area Overview and Information Sources:
- Visit Hoonah
- City of Hoonah
- SEARHC: Hoonah Health Center
- US Forest Service: Hoonah Ranger District Recreation Information
- US Forest Service: Tongass National Forest Interactive Visitor Use Map
- US Forest Service: Hoonah Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map (PDF)
Birding and wildlife resources:
Sites in Hoonah
Birding Photo: Ben Sullender
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