Thorne Bay, Alaska

On the eastern side of Prince of Wales Island, the City of Thorne Bay is tucked well into the arm of water named Thorne Bay.

Downtown Thorne Bay

The town of Thorne Bay is two neighborhoods divided by water and united by 485 souls. Downtown Thorne Bay is clustered together on the northeast side of the bay. South Thorne Bay, known locally as Southside, spans the length of the southwest shoreline. Amenities and commercial enterprises make downtown very convenient, and the large lots of Southside provide space to stretch out. Driving between the two parts of town is the long way around. Many people, including high school students commuting to and from school, opt to make the short skiff run across the bay.

The Thorne River, which empties into Thorne Bay, is famous for it's steelhead, sockeye salmon, and coho runs. With miles of accessible river bends and fishing holes, fly fishermen have room to explore without feeling crowded. Thorne Bay itself opens to Clarence Strait, providing access to prime Alaskan saltwater fishing. Several renowned fishing lodges and many facilities catering to independent travelers provide custom experiences for visiting fishermen.

Boaters will be delighted by Thorne Bay Harbor facilities and the close proximity of supplies. Groceries, liquor store, hardware store, tackle shop, propane, and library (with wifi) are within a five minute walk from the dock. The fuel dock has regular hours.


At A Glance

  • Grocery Store

  • ATM at Grocery Store

  • Gas Station

  • Liquor Store

  • Fishing and Hunting Licenses

  • Rental Skiffs

  • Rental vehicles

  • Lodges and B&Bs

  • RV Park

  • Scheduled Floatplane Service

  • Propane

  • RV Dump Station

  • Hardware Store

  • Two Churches

  • Post Office

  • Library

  • Two Harbors

  • Downtown Harbor has Power and Water

  • K--12 School

  • City Offices

  • Emergency Services - Fire and EMS

  • Electrical Power

  • City Water and Sewer in Downtown

  • Solid Waste Site

  • Paved Roads Downtown

  • Gravel Roads in Southside

  • Freight Barge Terminal






Great Activities in Thorne Bay

Guided Fly Fishing!

The Thorne River is minutes away. Guides can show you the best spots and how to land your prize.

Saltwater Charter Fishing!

Make advance arrangements for a day of fishing for salmon and halibut in the rich waters of Clarence Strait.

Crabbing and shrimping!

Rent a boat to catch your own dungeness crab and shrimp to make the meal of a lifetime!

Travel for a Crab pot with Dungeness crab Thorne Bay Prince of Wales Island Southeast Alaska
Silver salmon and pink salmon Southeast Alaska
Thorne Bay Alaska harbor

Free Things to do Around Thorne Bay

Stop by the Grapple!

The giant red logging grapple, locally known as 'the claw', is right beside the road as you approach downtown Thorne Bay. Stop there to see maps and other information about the area.

Learn About Thorne Bay's Logging History

Stop by the Thorne Bay Library and peruse through their photo albums showing the largest logging camp in North America in the 1960's and '70's.

Walk Up the Heart Healthy Trail

The Heart Healthy Trail is a short, steep trail leading to a shelter overlooking the bay. Enjoy the beautiful views from a three-sided shelter at the top!

Travel and visit Sandy Beach Thorne Bay Prince of Wales Island Southeast Alaska

Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach is fun summer and winter! Drive about six miles north of town on Forest Road 30 (Sandy Beach Road) to enjoy the beach, picnic shelters and tables, and fire rings. Just need a pit stop? There are outhouses at the site.

Salt Chuck Mine Site

Drive the Lake Ellen Road and hike to the abandoned copper and palladium mine site. Large processing equipment is still on the site.

Drive the Only Divided Highway on the Island

The Rock on the Thorne Bay Kasaan Road in Southeast Alaska

What do you do with an obstacle too big to move? Go around! Thorne Bay residents love the rock on the Thorne Bay-Kasaan Road, and have been known to decorate it's tree for Christmas.