Prince of Wales Management Area

Prince of Wales Island lies off of the mainland coast, across from Ketchikan and Wrangell—it is the third largest island in the U.S. A waterway known as the Inside Passage separates it from the mainland. The Prince of Wales Island area includes a number of smaller islands clustered along its west coast. Together, they form a protective barrier from the open sea. The landscape is rugged and mountainous, with rocky coastlines and heavily forested slopes rising ot 4,000 feet. Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, and red and yellow cedar dominate the forest. Dozens of small streams and lakes are scattered throughout the area.