Visitors flock to Chichagof Island in Juneau for a peek inside of raw, rugged and untouched Alaska. Measuring in at 75 miles long and 50 miles wide, this island is the fifth largest in the United States. Chichagof, also know as Shee Kaax, acts as a port for cruise ships, boasting panoramic views and fresh mountain air. Most are drawn to the island for the untouched landscape and wildlife; Chichagof has the highest population of bears per square mile of anywhere in the world! While the population of the island is quite small — less than 2,000 inhabitants, the activities offered are numerous, including sightseeing, fishing and guided hunting.
Juneau’s Chichagof Island is an island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Alaska Panhandle. The best time to visit in hopes of bear sightings is May-September. Visitors are welcome every day, and admission is free. The price of tours and activities on the island may vary.