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About the City

Light in the Woods

        Local Government: The City of Klawock has a mayor/council form of government. It runs and operates the following utilities: water, wastewater, refuse collection, trailer court, landfill, boat harbor, liquor store, and a new boat ramp. There is a five and one half percent sales tax in Klawock, which 1/2 percent goes directly to education. There is no property tax in the City. Klawock is not part of an organized borough.

        Emergency Services: The City of Klawock has two full time officers and the State Troopers have an office in the community. The Klawock Volunteer Fire Department has 27 members, 2 trucks, and a rescue van. The EMS squad is made up of 6-8 trained volunteers, has 2 ambulances, and makes an average of 1 run per day. The Klawock Search and Rescue is made up of 57 members, 2 rescue vans, and serves all of Prince of Wales Island, both in water and land rescues.

        Transportation: Klawock has an airport as well as a float plane dock. The airport runway is 5000 feet long and is paved. The Hollis Ferry Terminal is located 24 miles from Klawock. There are several flights each day and daily departures from the Hollis Ferry Terminal.

        Education: The City of Klawock operates 2 schools; one with grades K-6 and a second with grades 7-12. Enrollment averages 200 yearly. Tlingit and Haida Central Council runs the Head Start school for 3-4 year olds.

        Public Recreation: Klawock has a Totem Park featuring 21 restored original and replica totem poles from the old village of Tuxekan. The park has the largest collection of authentic totem poles in Alaska and is a source of community pride. The City recently built a Long House and a new Totem Pole was raised at that site in 1998. The Long House is named Gaaní Ax Adi. There is also a gymnasium and baseball field available in Klawock. There is a City Park, sporting some nice trails.

        Health Services: Klawock has a new clinic owned and operated by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation. The clinic provides a full range of services.

        Climate Averages: January, 37ºF; July 58ºF; and 120" of precipitation.

        Native Organizations: Klawock Heenya Corporation; Klawock Cooperative Association (IRA)

A view of Klawock's mountains.

        Longitude: 133º 8' W

        Latitude: 55º 34' N

        Incorporated: 1929

        Founded: 1868

        Population: 854

        Medical/Emergency Services: 911

        Services: Airport (5000' paved, lighted runway with instrument approach), ATM, Auto & Tire Repair, Fuel, Diesel & Propane, Groceries, Hardware, Fish Hatchery, Fish Smokery, Library (free internet), Liquor Store, Lodging, Native Long House, Post Office, Public Telephone, Restaurant, RV Park, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Schools, Sporting Goods, State Troopers, Taxi Cabs, Totem Park, Variety Store, Youth Center