Details for Pelican Harbor

Pelican Harbor

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 5 reviews

Address Pelican, AK


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Pelican



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 98
Transient price: $0.40/ft (2012-12-03)

Other price info: $12.00 per day for boats under 80 feet.
$0.40 per foot for boats 81 feet and over.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Available

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - At several locations within the harbor.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Unknown brand, but both Diesel #1 and 2 are available along with gasoline.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Diesel #2 is $5.14; Diesel #1 is $5.24 USD per gallon.


Yes - Available in town.

Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out


Yes - Located at the top of the ramp.


Yes - Located at the top of the ramp.


Yes - There are showers available at the local laundromat.

Showers and laundry are available again per the website, November 2012.


Yes - In town at eating establishments.




Yes - There are a few dry goods available at the Inn, next to Rose's.


Yes - Available in town.





Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Yes - There is a marine repair business in town. Engine repair, plus welding service is available.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - A dockside hoist is available at Pelican Seafoods.

Reported July 2013, Pelican Seafoods is now closed so it may not be available

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Supplies are plentiful in addition to fish cleaning services and freezing.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi is available at the library, go inside to get the password. It works even when the library is closed. No cell service in town, but if you hike up the dirt road next to the Town Hall up to the dump you can get good cell signal.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Several, both on the north and south sides of the harbor.


Yes - Air service to Jueneau and Sitka (float plane.)
Ferry service is provided by Alaska Marine Highway System twice a month to/from Jueneu.

Other services

Since the town receives daily float plane service, you can arrange through the Costco Store in Juneau to deliver anything you desire from their store. Costco charges only a moderate fee for this service ($50 in 2009.) Both Costco and the local population are proud to have this service available and promote it heavily.


There are fishing charters, B&B's and other facilities.

Reviews for Pelican Harbor
Interesting town, poor harbor, 2016-08-11
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

Pelican is an interesting place to visit - a great example of a little outpost community in southeast. Unfortunately the harbormaster is almost non-existent - she only works some days of the week, not on weekends. No one will answer the radio on weekends, and the office was never open while we were there (weekday or weekend). If no one answers the radio, just find a spot marked for Transients. Hope that you can find a power pedestal that's unlocked, or hope that you're there on a weekday and can find the harbormaster.
There is NO charge for water and it is of good quality on the dock.
Rose's is pretty run down, though the burger was half-decent. The Inn offers pizza - not very good. People are very friendly.

Nice Boardwalk Destination, 2015-06-04
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

This boardwalk community is a good destination located in a picturesque high mountain inlet. Pelican is still in the process of re-defining itself after the cold storage fish processing plant closed almost a decade ago. Smoke filled Rosie's Bar & Grill is a bit run-down and not too inviting. The lodge restaurant near Rosie's is much more inviting and offers a very select few groceries as well as very limited restaurant menu. There appears to be a charge for use of water at the dock and there is a boil-water notice on bulletin board at the dock. Shore power may be available but requires harbormaster to unlock.

Best Small Alaskan village, 2013-07-24
Captain: , port orchard (520)

Great place to stop, the dockmaster was very helpful and friendly and got all 5 of our large boats tucked in for a few hours. We walked the boardwalk and ate at the local cafe which had great food. Internet was available inside the cafe. Not much else is open on weekends and the company store is now closed so do not plan on reprovisioning in Pelican.

Pelican, Alaska: Not to be missed if you are in Lisanski Inlet, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Seattle (21031)

This is a fun town and it has roared back from the lean years of the recession. The cold storage facility has long been closed and the town promotes itself as a fishermen's paradise. There is an annual King Salmon fishing Derby. The people are friendly and quite hospitable, always happy to have visitors in town. The boardwalk is fun to explore and of course this wouldn't be Alaska if you didn't sit down with the locals and tell fish or cruising stories at the local bar(s.) This is a fun town to unwind in, especially if you're headed for the challenges of Cross Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.

Spectacular site, 2010-10-12
Captain: , Bellingham, WA (364)

Pelican is a delightful, singularly Alaska, boardwalk town, built to support a fish processing plant. It has experienced hard times recently, so updates will be required to determine what services are available. In early 2010, the fuel dock was open only sporadically. The grocery was open, but poorly stocked. Rose's Bar was open and the Brown Bar had a 'new owner' sign on it (not open). The restaurant was open, the toilets at the head of the dock had been upgraded and the docks are in good shape.

It's worth a visit.

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