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A city in the northwestern part of Chichagof Island in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska, Pelican is located on the east side of Lisianski Inlet. The city boasts the closest harbor to the rich Fairweather salmon grounds. Pelican is also famous for its boardwalk linking most businesses and residences in and around the small boat harbor located in the middle of the town. Both fresh water and salt water fishing produce a variety of fish but Halibut and King Salmon are the best known. Other fishes available in the salt water are Black Sea Bass, Yellow Eye, Sockeye Salmon, Ling Cod, Pink Salmon, Silver Salmon, and Chum Salmon. Pelican is also an excellent place to enjoy sea kayaking as there are about 40 miles protected waters near the city for picturesque and relaxed paddling. White Sulphur Hot Springs, located around 20 nautical miles from Pelican, is a popular destination for kayakers. The city is also located adjacent to the Tongass National Forest. Visitors in Pelican can visit several fishing lodges in the city and in the settlements of Sunnyside and Phonograph Cove. Other activities that tourists can enjoy in Pelican are beachcombing, hiking, picnicking, berry picking, and more. The berry crops in Pelican include blueberry, salmonberry, and red & blue huckleberry.
Tongass National Forest
Spread in an area of around 17 million acres in the Southeast Alaska, Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States. This area of the forest comprises islands of the Alexander Archipelago, glaciers, fjords, and peaks of the Coast Mountains. Within the forest, there are 19 designated wilderness areas encompassing more than 5.7 million acres of territory. The wilderness areas of Tongass National Forest are home to several species of rare and endangered flora and fauna species. In the forest, there are around 150 public recreation cabins for rent across the region in remote locations that are accessible by floatplane, trail, and boats. Moreover, there are 15 campgrounds across Tongass National Forest, many of which are located in fascinating settings with vistas of glaciers and eagles.