in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- Whale Pass lies on the northeast coast of Prince of Wales Island. It is north of Coffman Cove, on Forest Development Road (FDR) 25, about 64 road miles north of Klawock.
- The area is dominated by a cool maritime climate. Summer temperatures range from 46 to 70 °F; winter temperatures range from 15 to 42 °F.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The area has been the site of logging camps continuously since 1964. In the early 1980s, the last camp moved out, and the area was permanently settled as the result of a state land disposal sale. The logging road was completed in 1981, and private phones were installed in 1992.
- Many Whale Pass residents are homesteaders who enjoy a subsistence lifestyle. Due to declining enrollment, the school was closed for the 98/99 school year. Students are home-schooled.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- The community has access to the island road system. The state ferry terminal is located in Hollis. Float planes and boats are also prevalent means of transportation. The Whale Pass Community Association operates the state-owned seaplane base, dock, boat slips, and launch ramp. In a survey conducted by AFSC in 2011, community leaders reported that there is 200 feet of public dock space available for permanent moorage and 80 feet available for transient moorage. Vessels up to 80 feet long can use moorage in Whale Pass.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District