Prince of Wales Island Wildlife

Jims Alaska 025Prince of Wales Island, Alaska isn’t only for fishing enthusiasts. A huge variety of southeast Alaska’s wildlife can be seen near Calder Mountain Lodge, from the smallest marine invertebrates in tide pools to giant whales breaching in Sumner Strait.

Humpback whales return to Sumner Strait every summer to prepare for their long winter migration back to Hawaii, and Orca whales can often be seen feeding nearby.

Transient pods of Orca whales, distinguished by their tall dorsal fins, are seen moving past the lodge as they feed and travel up to 100 miles each day.

There are also large populations of other sea mammals, including seals, sea lions, and sea otters, and they’re often seen in the bays and inlets near Point Baker.

Bird lovers will be amazed at the variety of bird-watching opportunities provided in the small fishing town. More than 80 species of birds make their homes on Prince of Wales Island. From the majestic Bald Eagle to the tiny hummingbird, the island provides a fantastic opportunity for observing these wonderful creatures.

Rainforest residents such as Sitka Blacktail deer, mink, wolves, and black bears are seen along the shoreline and on the island’s roads.

Guests are encouraged to bring a good pair of binoculars and a camera. The amazing abundance and variety of wildlife around Calder Mountain Lodge will add a special element of enjoyment to your trip.