A boat is docked next to a body of water

Petersburg Dock Walk

This guided walk along the pier will explain fishing boat types, practices, hears, and best practices.

  • Guided tour along with pier
  • Explanation of fishing boats and practices
  • See many different types of craft, including commercial fishing boats and sports vessels.
  • Learn about the sustainability of the fisheries.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • From

    $ 39

  • Notices

    Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes.

Fishing has long been an important industry in Alaska, forming the lifeblood of many towns and settlements along the long and wild coastline. Come face-to-face with this thriving industry on a tour around the docks of Petersburg. A local guide will meet you for a walk through the harbors. This will either be a retired commercial fisherperson or someone involved in the fishing industry. Commercial fishing is the lifeblood of this coastal community.

The three harbors are the home port to over 400 commercial and sport vessels. It’s common to see many types of boats, such as tugs, small cruise ships, charter boats, salmon trollers, seiners, gillnetters, longliners, and crabbers. You can often see fishermen at work while you stroll the docks.

Learn about the different types of fishing gear groups and how they work and find out about the sustainability of the fisheries. You might even hear a story or two from the fishermen preparing their boats.

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes

  • Walking information: Yes, there may be steep ramps on the docks and low tides.

  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes.