TRAVEL PLANNING AND ARRIVAL LOGISTICS
You are responsible for your own travel arrangements and costs to and from Petersburg, Alaska from the Lower ‘48, and for and lodging and meal costs in Petersburg prior to your arrival at Keene Channel Lodge.
Petersburg, Alaska is on a remote island with no connections to any mainland highway system. So it is only reachable by ferry and jet. There are two jet flights daily into Petersburg from Seattle on Alaska Airlines, one in the AM directly from Seattle, and one in the afternoon, with a change of planes in Juneau. Transport to the lodge will take place following the arrival of the afternoon jet from Seattle on the first day listed on your trip date, with a taxi into downtown Petersburg. Those who arrive on the earlier flight, or on the preceding day, should plan to meet the rest of the group at the Harbormaster's Office in the North Harbor close to downtown at 4:30 PM. Specific details and timing of pickup in Petersburg on that afternoon will be confirmed closer to the date of the trip.
Booking your flights: Alaska Airlines offers the only service to Petersburg from Seattle, other than the two-day Alaska ferry from Bellingham. So travel itineraries will need to connect with Alaska Airlines in Seattle. Flight Option 1: (AM) Alaska Airlines Flight #65 departs Seattle daily around 7:00 AM, and arrives in Petersburg around 11:00 AM, stopping in Ketchikan and Wrangell along the way.
Flight Option 2: (PM) The later flight departs Seattle mid-day (either Flight 59 or 75 to Juneau) connecting into Petersburg on Alaska Flight 64, which arrives in Petersburg mid-afternoon. Alaska Airlines now has daily non-stop flights from many cities across the U.S. leaving early in the day, and depending on the arrival time in Petersburg of the afternoon flight, it may be possible to travel all the way to Petersburg in a single day from many other points of departure. Otherwise, you will have to plan an overnight stay near the airport in Seattle, beginning the day before the start date of your trip in Alaska.
You can book your return flight on either the AM or PM flight out of Petersburg the last morning of your retreat. Most people leave on the AM flight - AK Airlines flight 65, which departs Petersburg around 11:30 AM, routing through Juneau with a change of planes in Juneau. That flight arrives in Seattle early evening. We will make sure you get to the airport from the lodge with plenty of time to make that flight. Note that advance fare tickets to Petersburg can disappear early, so you should book early if possible.
Transport to Keene Channel Lodge is included in your trip fee, and departs from the Harbormaster Building in downtown Petersburg at 5:00 PM on your arrival date, timed to allow for the arrival of participants on the PM flight into Petersburg. Keene Channel Lodge is located fourteen miles south of Petersburg on the Wrangell Narrows, at the junction with Beecher Pass. You will be transported to the lodge by charter boat with a Coast Guard certified skipper, and will arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and a brief orientation to the retreat before bed.
Alaska Marine Highway ferry: If you have the time, and it fits with your trip dates, another option is to take the ferry to Petersburg from Bellingham, WA, along the beautiful Inside Passage. The trip takes 48 hours, and staterooms are available. The ferry departs Bellingham every Friday afternoon, and arrives in Petersburg on Sunday evening, stopping along the way in Ketchikan and Wrangell. The southbound ferry departs Petersburg in the early AM each Weds, and arrives in Bellingham on Friday morning.
Note: Any lodging prior to the night of the opening day of your trip, or after your departure from Keene Channel Lodge on the final morning of your trip dates, must be booked independently by participants. We recommend Scandia House for lodging before or after the trip. They can be reached toll free at 800-722-5006, or by email at: email@example.com. Scandia House provides free van service from the airport to the hotel.