I get this question a lot. Especially from women & especially regarding shopping. We have a few gorgeous & creative stores here that sells outdoor supplies, gifts or local art, but you could certainly cover the shopping options here pretty fast. If you need more shopping options & online is just not cutting it for you, then the ferry can be a handy option. The schedule was designed to help Islanders shop! It leaves early in the morning from Hollis and heads back in the afternoon. If you know what you want, you can dash over to Ketchikan for a day, or stay longer if you just need a change in scenery.
Ok, so we might not have any big stores, but what we do have is scenery! So the best way to make the most of POW is to enjoy the marvels of nature! But watch out - it can be good for you - all that beauty, serenity, peace & exercise!
Let's start with lakes. POW has some truly spectacular lakes. And usually you will not see any, or many people at all. There is so much stunning nature here, & lots of space to enjoy it!
Above is Klawock Lake. There's nothing like a spot of fishing or simple boating to put a smile on everyone's face! This is an easy spot to get to, with a basic boat launch off the Klawock-Hollis Hwy. It is a freshwater lake known for it's trout fishing. It is a HUGE lake with so many places to explore! There are many privately owned lots on the far side of the lake, & a couple of summer cabins.
Off the road directly there is even Klawock Beach, a hidden lake front beach, great for those few days when even Alaskans want to sunbathe!
Or head north for about 35 minutes and you will reach Ball's Lake, just past Control Lake on the way to Thorne Bay. This is a favorite spot for anyone who likes an easy scenic walk, kayaking, camping or simply a day out BBQing!
The camp sites here are beautiful, separated by trees with sites for bigger groups. There is only a pit toilet so you must pack in and pack out everything. Fees are low and the walk around the lake is stunning, mostly boardwalk and all flat. It takes around 45 minutes to an hour to do the loop. Kayaking, fishing & exploring here will give you days of serene delight!
And on the way home, we saw a bear having a nice sunbathe in the middle of the highway! Yes, things can get a little too relaxing around here sometimes!...
Hi! I'm Melissa. I'm an Aussie with Kiwi kids & an American husband, & we're all living the Alaskan dream...