Random Bits of useful Information
Here is a link to the best map of the Island we can find. Once the page opens, click on
the map to expand the image. The Island is one of the largest in the US, so it is a bit
difficult to see it all at once. The detailed Deluxe Forest Service Map is included with all
vehicle rentals. If you travel beyond Klawock or Craig with 3 or more people, we
(almost always) require you to use a truck to avoid flats as the Subaru's have weaker
tires. We put together a mileage chart for the various destinations on Prince of Wales
Island. Click above (on the words mileage chart) to view, but be forewarned I guessed
on some of it. So if you are SURE of a correction that needs to be made, let me know
and I will make the change. We are working with the Chamber of Commerce to keep
improving this so your help is appreciated!
The nearest store and fuel to Hollis is in Klawock, about 24 miles away The grocery
store there closes at 8pm in the summer. However 1 block away is the Black Bear
convenience store which opens at 4am and closes at midnight, Owned by the same
folks who have Log Cabin sporting goods store (907- 826-2205), a great source for
Island fishing licenses and gear.
If you need Camping or Cooking gear to lighten your travel load, click on the
highlighted words to see what we have. We also rent fishing poles.
Things You Might Want to Know
Hollis Adventure Rentals
Here is a List of Forest Service cabins on Prince of Wales Island. Look for the ones
under both the "Craig" and "Thorne Bay" headings. Though some are only accessible
by float plane or a boat, there are several you can reach by our rental vehicles (Staney
Creek, Control Lake and 12-Mile). The Pt Amagura cabin is often accessed using one
of the Smokercraft boats we rent.
Most folks want to know where the fishing and hunting are, and since we are not
licensed guides, even if we knew, we couldn't tell you. We are not bear hunters
(actually I am more of a wildlife petter, see photo on left), and enjoy every chance we
get to see a bear. And even though we are not fans of bear hunting, our bear hunting
patrons have all been amongst our favorites; Very respectful and excited fun seekers!
But others have also been some of the stupidest suck-wad idiots we have ever rented
to. So if your a stupid suck-wad idiot who thinks shooting a bear makes you the man
you always wished others would see you as, please go directly to our "competition" tab,
try to stay focused and read it carefully (or have one of your parents or your unfortunate
spouse read it to you). Many people on the Island don't want anything to do with bear
hunters and you'll figure that out quick.. But we pride ourselves in being different......
Our Island doesn't have the more aggressive brown (Grizzly) bear, only black bear. Our
experience has been that they will run from you once they know you are around. We
often wear bells on our shoelaces if we are outback wandering to make sure we don't
surprise a mother with cubs. They have lots to eat and do here, and they seem to
understand people are not good company for them.
The weather has been extremely variable for the last few years, so start watching it as
your trip nears. Always be prepared for rain, and layers is the best approach.
You may want to come into Hollis on a float plane vs the ferry. In that case, We drive
your car right onto the dock and load you up.
Links of interest; Taquan Air offers our customers a 20% exclusive discount to fly to
the Island which makes it cheap and adds the equivalent of a day to your vacation!
The IFA ferry from Ketchikan to Hollis
Ferry runs once a day leaves Hollis @ 8am arrives Ketchikan at 11am then leaves
Ketchikan at 3:30pm and arrives Hollis 6:30pm. A 3 hour trip with restaurant on board
Scheduled float plane service from Ketchikan (and the airport) can be made with
Taquan Air at 907-225-8800 or Pacific Airways at 907-225-3500 (25min trip to Hollis)
Island Air Express at 888.387.8989 offers wheeled service to the Klawock airport from
Ketchikan. They have IFR capabilities so they can fly in poor weather, where the float
planes can't. We deliver cars their free with advanced notice.