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PUBLISHED: 5:44 PM on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Petersburg a haven for camping and sightseeing
1. Adventure Tours: Local companies can provide wilderness adventures by land, sea or air.

2. Art Galleries: Several galleries feature local and Alaska artists of all media.

3. Beachcombing: Search our rocky beaches for shells, rocks, & marine life.

4. Berry Picking: Harvest blueberries and salmonberries.

5. Bird Watching: A large variety of species unique to Southeast Alaska can be sighted. The most popular being the bald eagle, raven, waterfowl (Trumpeter Swans in winter), shorebirds, and songbirds.

6. Boating on Lakes: Enjoy a quiet day of rowing on one of our small lakes.

7. Fish for King Salmon: Blind River Rapids offers one of the few opportunities in southeast Alaska to fish from shore for King Salmon in June and July.

8. Day Trip up the Stikine River: Adventure up the fastest free-flowing navigable river in North America.

9. Blind Slough Recreation Area: Picnic and swim on warm summer days, or ice skate during the brief winter freeze.

10. Swim: Melvin Roundtree Memorial Swimming Pool; fun for the whole family.

11. Clausen Memorial Museum: Discover the history and many cultures of the Petersburg area. See the unofficial world record king salmon!

12. Fishing Off the Public Docks: Try your hand at fishing off one of our public docks. Catch herring, Dolly Varden or maybe a passing king salmon.

13. Community Gym: Modern recreation complexes complete with a gymnasium, racket ball courts, a fitness center and arts/crafts facility. Equipment rentals are available.

14. Flightseeing: Sightseeing by floatplane or helicopter offers a personal tour of glaciers and coastal landscape by air.

15. Fresh Water Fishing: Located along the Mitkof Highway are many streams, full of salmon and trout, just waiting for the avid fisherman. Don't forget your fishing license.

16. Self-Guided Public Art Tour: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

17. Check your email at several locations in town. Petersburg is wired all over!

18. Hiking Trails: A full menu of easy, moderate or challenging hikes awaits you. The Three Lakes Loop Trails and the connecting Ideal Cove Trail are great for families, and are favorites among hikers.

19. Horseshoes: Pits are located in Sandy Beach Park. Inquire at Parks Rec. for equipment rental.

20. Kayaking: In our harbor and all around the island.

21. Nature Walks: The Evergreen Trail (corner of Dolphin and 5th, next to the elementary school) and the 12th Street Boardwalk next to the ballfield at the end of Excel Street.

22. Crystal Lake Hatchery: Salmon eggs are raised and released to enhance salmon stocks.

23. Bojer Wikan Fishermen's Memorial Park: Our community's tribute to loved ones who have passed on, and those lost at sea.

24. Eat Lutefisk

25. See a movie: A nonprofit student-run theater offers first-run movies Thursday through Sunday in the Wright Auditorium.

26. Performing Arts: The Mitkof Mummers, Steppin' Out Dancers, Magic Moments Theater, Leikarring Dancers, Seetka Kwan Dancers, and more all perform seasonally.

27. Photography: What better way to remember your vacation than with your own photographs? Take advantage of the wildlife, flora and panoramic views found in the area.

28. Petroglyphs and Prehistoric Fish Traps: Found at Sandy Beach Park. Tread lightly! Once these nonrenewable heritage resources are gone, they're gone forever.

29. Playgrounds: Several conveniently located playgrounds throughout the City, including Yeil Ka Chaak Park, Mort Fryer Memorial Ballfield, and two playgrounds at the elementary school.

30. Boat Charters: Boat charters available year round: harbor tours, adventure touring, day and overnight fishing and expeditions.

31. Ohmer Creek Campground: A campground located in the National Forest. Popular with campers due to its natural setting close to trails and fishing.

32. Public Harbor: A popular place to observe the fishing fleet.

33. Public Library: The Public Library has a collection of rare Alaskan books. A popular location to get out of the rain!

34. Racquet Ball

35. Restaurants

36. Lloyd Roundtree Memorial Seaplane Base: Seaplanes provide charter flights to outlying areas.

37. Mountain View Manor Senior Housing: View housing for our seniors.

38. Shopping

39. Softball/Little League: From T-ball to adult softball leagues, there's always lots of action at the Mort Fryer Memorial Ball Park.

40. Sunsets: Capture the beauty on film.

41. Aurora Borealis watching

42. Waterfront: Bring your camera and enjoy a walk on the waterfront.

43. Whale watching: Also, visit the Marine Mammal Center at Viking Travel.

44. Eagle's Roost Park: Atop PFI Hill and walk down the stairs to the beach.

45. Hike Raven's Roost Trail

46. Falls Creek Fish Ladder

47. Walk the Loop: 4.7 miles

48. Viking Ship Valhalla: Sons of Norway parking lot on Sing Lee Alley.

49. View Rosemaled Store Fronts

The Petersburg Visitor Information Center is located at 1st & Fram St. or call (907) 772-4636 for more information. www.petersburg.org.


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