Wrangell is one of the thousands of islands that make up the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Wrangell Island is located in the heart of the beautiful Tongass National Rain Forest. The first known people to settle on Wrangell Island was the Tlingit Nation approximately 5,000 years ago. The Tlingit people settled in a village, 17 miles south of our current civilization, known as Kasitlan. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that humans occupied the north end of the island. Since then, Wrangell has seen hardship and has prospered through 3 flags: Russian, British, and American. Today approximately 1,200 people call Wrangell Island home.
The City of Wrangell “Gateway to the Stikine” is an authentic Alaskan town that reflects the friendly pioneer spirit of the last frontier. Our community is rich in Alaska Native, fur trade, gold rush, and local history. Wrangell has mild summer temperatures from mid to upper 60°F and wet, windy winters with temperatures from 20-30°F. Wrangell averages 80” of rain annually. Wrangellites dress in layers, including an outer rain protective layer and inner wool layers. When adventuring, relaxing or hunting in the wilderness, one must have bug repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, and appropriate wildlife protection (i.e. first aid kit, bear spray, fire arm, etc.).
Wrangell’s attractions include: the Stikine River, Shakes Glacier AnAn Bear & Wildlife Observatory, LeConte Glacier, many aerial view hiking trails, a coast-line bike path, picnic & camping sites, a swimming pool equipped with fitness center, Forest Service maintained scenic road ways, beaches, historical & cultural sites, a 9 hole golf course, a shooting & archery range, and Castle Mountain Entertainment Movie Theatre.
Being an island, one must travel to Wrangell via boat or plane. Regardless of our small size, Wrangell has various travel options: Alaska Airlines, Alaska Marine Highway System, or Sunrise Aviation.