Prince of Wales Island Wildlife Viewing
Prince of Wales Hatchery

photo of Prince of Wales Hatchery area wildlife The fish ladder at the Prince of Wales Hatchery is a good place to see large numbers of coho and sockeye salmon spawn in the Klawock River. The salmon attract bears throughout the summer and fall, especially in August when the run is at its peak. River otters follow the salmon in search of a meal, and bald eagles perch in the trees along the creek.


The hatchery is on the Klawock River, one of the many waterways on Prince of Wales with salmon runs.


  • Black Bear
  • Coho (Silver) Salmon
  • Eagles
  • River Otter
  • Sockeye (Red) Salmon


Early morning is the best time to look for wildlife here, before the activity of the day drives most animals away.


  • Interpretive Signs
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Contact the hatchery for information about hours and guided tours in the summer.

Plan to spend at least: 2 - 4 hours

Best Months

█ Best Month

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • Best Month June
  • Best Month July
  • Best Month August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December


The Prince of Wales Hatchery is two miles outside of Klawock on FH 6.


Prince of Wales Hatchery - (907) 755-2131 or

Additional Information

Living with Bears