Petersburg is located on the northern tip of Mitkof Island adjacent to the Inside Passage. It is a small vibrant commercial fishing community with about 3,100 permanent residents surrounded by the Tongass National Forest. The town is off-the-beaten-path of the large cruise ships, which cannot navigate the Wrangell Narrows. Mitkof Island is near the mouth of the Stikine River where the river delta and the river corridor cutting through the mainland mountains can result in unique opportunities for birding since the river is important for migrants and breeding birds as well as providing a corridor for wayward species from the interior. The island has an extensive road system providing access to a variety of habitats and recreation sites with trails.
General Area Overview and Information Sources:
- Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
- Municipality of Petersburg
- US Forest Service Petersburg Ranger District
- US Forest Service Petersburg Motor Vehicle Use Map (PDF)
- Petersburg Medical Center
Petersburg Birding and Wildlife Resources:
Sites in Petersburg
Birding Photo: Ben Sullender
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