Skip to main content

Ward Cove

Ketchican, Alaska

Tiny Ward Cove is found on Alaska’s pristine coastline, surrounded by the lush Tongass National Forest and tranquil waters. The cove itself provides a sheltered and idyllic harbor. Once an industrial port, fueled by a pulp mill, Ward Cove today is a small but delightful community, and a perfect place to recharge in nature.

Ward Cove offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Adventurous visitors can embark on kayaking or boating excursions to explore the cove's calm waters and nearby islands. Hiking paths and bike trails wind through the surrounding forests, allowing nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the region's natural wonders. An e-bike tour to nearby Connell Lake is an especially popular option. The area is also known for its excellent fishing, attracting anglers from far and wide.

  • Ward Cove is around 7 miles north of the larger town of Ketchikan, with shuttle services between the towns.

  • With just 100 residents, options for shopping and dining are extremely limited.

  • Bring plenty of bug spray and sunscreen.

From Ketchikan, it’s a 20-minute drive along Tongass Ave. Otherwise, the town is typically reached by cruise ship, with the port opening in 2021 as an alternative to the busy and bustling Ketchikan. Cruisers docking in Ward Cove can use it as a jumping-off point for more remote adventures, or just spend their time enjoying the peace of the harbor.

Summer is the season for visiting Alaska, with long days and countless hours for exploring the outdoors. Kayaking, hiking, and biking are all on offer during the long months from June to August, and it’s a great time to discover the remote beauty of Alaska.

You’ll find this peaceful park a 5-minute drive away from Ward Cove. Established in 1970, the park is home to 15 totem poles which have been either restored or recreated by Tlingit and Haida artists. One of the highlights of the park is the meticulously reconstructed Clan House. This traditional building reflects the architectural style of Indigenous Alaskans and provides a glimpse into their rich culture and history.


Travel Like an Expert with AAA and Trip Canvas

Get Ideas from the Pros

As one of the largest travel agencies in North America, we have a wealth of recommendations to share! Browse our articles and videos for inspiration, or dive right in with preplanned AAA Road Trips, cruises and vacation tours.

Build and Research Your Options

Save and organize every aspect of your trip including cruises, hotels, activities, transportation and more. Book hotels confidently using our AAA Diamond Designations and verified reviews.

Book Everything in One Place

From cruises to day tours, buy all parts of your vacation in one transaction, or work with our nationwide network of AAA Travel Agents to secure the trip of your dreams!