Petersburg Wildlife Viewing
Roads Around Mitkof Island

photo of Roads Around Mitkof Island area wildlife In addition to spending time in town and on the water, consider taking a drive on the Roads Around Mitkof Island. Keep an eye out for Sitka black-tailed deer along the road system at any time of day. The area around Blind Slough is a good place to look for black bears, porcupines and moose.


The roadsides are filled with grasses, low shrubs, wildflowers, and succulents that make good food for many animals.


  • Black Bear
  • Eagles
  • Moose
  • Porcupine


Trailheads and campgrounds along the road system provide intrepid explorers with additional viewing chances.


  • Fee
  • Hiking Trails
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Rental cars are available in town, and local tour operators provide transportation around the island. Check with the Visitor’s Bureau for details.

Plan to spend at least: 4 hours - full day +

Best Months

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Petersburg is at the north end of Mitkof Island. To reach the island road system, follow Nordic Drive west and south away from town until it changes into Mitkof Highway.


Petersburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau - (907) 772-4636 or

Additional Information

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