Petersburg, AK – North Harbor Marina
Petersburg is the gateway to the spectacular northern section of SE Alaska. Petersburg is a commercial fishing town, with a large fleet of commercial fishing vessels and seafood packing plants. Tourism is also a primary industry, although only the smaller cruise ships visit, making Petersburg much less affected by the giant influx of cruise ship guests seen by cities such as Ketchikan and Juneau. Petersburg is a great place to refuel and reprovision for heading north into the more remote areas of SE Alaska, and is also a good place to base a trip to nearby Le Conte Glacier.
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Electric: 30A / 50A
Cell Service: Average
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The Tlingit used this area as a summer fish camp for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of European immigrants in the late 1800’s. Petersburg is named after Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant, who built a sawmill and cannery on northern Mitkof Island. The Buschmann family’s homestead grew into the community of Petersburg.
Many of the early families who settled here, and whose descendents continue to live here, are of Scandinavian descent. As a result, Petersburg earned the nickname of ‘Alaska’s Little Norway’. Residents continue many of the community’s Nordic traditions, including celebrating Syttende Mai (the 17th of May), Norway’s Constitution Day. [Source]
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Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: June 2, 2018