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Pelican

Houses, Boardwalk, and Part of the Harbor
Houses, Boardwalk, and Part of the Harbor
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Noar Cross Sound
Fishing Boat in Noar Cross Sound

Pelican is located on the northwest shore of Lisianski Inlet in the northwestern part of Chichagof Island. The area has been largely influenced by glaciation, leaving the region surrounded in deep fjords, lakes, broad U-shaped valleys, and steepened slopes. The shores of Lisianski Inlet are very steep, and the rugged mountains surrounding the Inlet arise to elevations greater than 3000 feet.

Pelican's pristine and scenic setting provides the community with many opportunities for recreational activities including: hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicing, and wildlife viewing. The West Chichagof-Yakobi Island Wilderness Area encompasses a major portion of the area and has significant recreational value to this community.

The West Chichagof-Yakobi Island Wilderness Area fas been identified as a "haven for recreationalists" by the U.S. Forest Service. Located within the Wilderness Area are three recreational cabin sites at White Sulfur Springs, Goulding Lakes, and Greentop. These cabins can be reserved for use under the reservation permit system administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The White Sulphur Springs cabin receives the most use, primarily because of the bathhouse located at the hot springs.

Fairweather Range in Glacier Bay National Park
Fairweather Range in Glacier Bay National Park
White Sulphur Hot Springs
White Sulphur Hot Springs

There are five established hiking trails within the Wilderness Area. These trails are fairly primitive and are cleared only once a year so that they may be utilized by hikers. The White Sulphur trail is heavily used and has been improved with planking.

The entire waterfront area is used for fishing and other water-related recreational uses. Primary access for fishing and boating is the boat harbor. Additional access points for small boats are on both sides of the breakwater.

Commercial fishing and fish processing continue to be Pelican's major economical activity. The primary species of commercial value harvested locally are salmon, sablefish (black cod), halibut, and crab.

Boardwalks serve as the principal vehicular and pedestrian route. Vehicular traffic is limited to the City's maintenance vehicles, Pelican Seafoods operating equipment, and several privately owned motorcycles, three-wheel and four-wheel ATV's. Private vehicles must obtain a city permit to use the boardwalk.

Boat Harbor and Seafood Processing Plant
Boat Harbor and Seafood Processing Plant

The present pilings and understructure supporting the boardwalk along the waterfront were funded by the City of Pelican and built in 1960.

Fishing Gear on the Dock
Fishing Gear on the Dock
View of Lisianski Inlet
View of Lisianski Inlet
Houses and Walkways on Pilings
Houses and Walkways on Pilings
Main Street - The Boardwalk
Main Street - The Boardwalk

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