Frederick Sound, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska
The Frederick Sound, Prince Frederick Sound or Prince Frederick's Sound is a passage of water in the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska that separates Kupreanof Island to the south from Admiralty Island in the north.
Frederick Sound can be accessed from Petersberg which is on the north end of Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound, halfway between Juneau to the north, and Ketchikan, to the south. Petersberg offers guided day, multi-day and yacht charters for halibut and salmon fishing, whale watching, glacier tours, lighthouse charters and black bear viewing.
Humpback whales are the main attraction in Frederick Sound, but the other marine mammals and sea birds add to the fascination of the area. Humpback whales are present in the area year-round, with the best viewing opportunities during July and August.
Things to See & Do
* Whale watching
* Black bear viewing
* Glacier tours
Cruise Season – May - September
Currency - United States Dollar (USD)
Language – English
Population – 2,500 approx (Petersberg)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus 9 hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1
Port Location – The port is centrally located a short walk from downtown Petersberg.
Travel Links – Petersburg receives service from two separate ferry services: the Inter-Island Ferry Authority and the Alaska Marine Highway.
The Inter-Island Ferry Authority has dedicated Friday, Saturday, & Sunday service (May-October) with the M/V Stikine on its Northern Coffman Cove-Wrangell-Petersburg-Wrangell-Coffman Cove route.
For the Alaska Marine Highway, Petersburg is a stop on its Inside Passage route that sees near-daily service both southbound and northbound to other Southeast Alaskan communities, Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia Canada.
Small cruise-ships (up to 250 passengers) and private yachts visit from May thru September.
The jet carrier Alaska Airlines serves Petersburg with both cargo and passenger service from the Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport from Wrangell and Juneau daily, with service ultimately reaching Anchorage and Seattle. Bush carrier L.A.B. Flying Service also offers service to Petersburg from Kake Juneau (via Kake). Three charter air companies are available for regional flights.