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Whale Pass

Prince of Wales Island




​The house is located in Whale Pass, Alaska on Prince of Wales Island, northwest of Ketichkan (AK). Access can be by road from either Thorne Bay, Craig; or by ferry into Hollis from Ketichkan; or by float plane into Whale Pass.  The house has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, central kitchen-dining room and Great Room with high-vaulted ceiling. Living area is approximately 1420 square feet. A spacious 10 by 44 foot deck runs the entire south side of the house with view of bay.  The house is on a slight rise and overlooks the Whale Pass - it is simply beautiful. The sun comes up to the left and shines all day long on the deck. Likewise, the moon view is beautiful. The house is on Everett Street (Lot 9, Block 8, 1.35 acres) and is  approximately one-quarter mile from the post office, library, seaplane and municipal docks.

The home is about seven years old and is in immaculate condition having only been occupied for 10 days during bear hunting season; 3-4 weeks in July during part of the salmon run; and 10 days in November during the height of the Sitka deer rut.  The house, substantially built with re-enforced concrete T-beam footings, is situated on top of compacted rock fill.  All first class material was used in the construction. The exterior is sheeted in Hardi-Plank, a fire proof cement plank that requires no maintenance. The exterior trim is white plastic ATEX.   The house roof is a rolled sheet metal with Kynar coating (estimated to last 50 years). The driveway is crushed gravel.

The large free-standing garage, approximately 24' by 32', is  large enough for a vehicle and storage for the 16 foot Crestliner boat and 25hp Yamaha outboard motor. The boat and motor are included in the sale. These items are only two years old.  Included with the boat and motor are life jackets, a halibut harpoon with buoy, numerous rods and reels. In the rear of the garage is a 24' long workbench with vise, miscellaneous power tools and array of hand tools.


A major feature of this property is that it has an artesian well, that is, water comes to the top of the well and flows. The well is 158 feet deep and has a Red Jacket submersible pump. The water flow rate into the well was estimated to be 40 to 50 gallons per minute.  The house has superior insulation.  It is heated by a Monitor oil heater and supplied by a 250 gallon fuel tank. A large propane tank supplies for gas for the range and hot water heater.

Included with the house sale are all furnishings:

Kitchen ​Granite island work space. Refrigerator, gas stove, pots,  cutlery and  dishes, glassware, cups, coffee pot, toaster, crock pot and other kitchen items. Spacious pantry closet with smooth glide drawers



Dining area - Dining table and 8 chairsWWPGreatRoom.jpg


Great Room - ​1 queen size futon, 1 reclining arm chair, 1 desk, bookcase and rug



Master Bedroom with bath - ​2 twin beds with mattresses, 2 dressers, 1 night table, sheets and linens and towels. Baths have ​Kohler Comfort Height toilets, showers, sinks, medicine cabinets and linen closets.



​Guest bedroom with bath - 3 twin beds with mattresses, pillows and linens.



​Utility Room - Washer, dryer, chest freezer, water heater, sink with cabinets.  Also included is a gun-safe (barely visible behind water heater).



Attic Storage - five foot high attic for storage, conveniently accessible by a "pull-down" staircase.WWPAttic.jpg

The house is an ideal location for the outdoors-person.  In the summer this area features one of the largest salmon runs in the entire world. Over 55,000 coho salmon are harvested at the local Neck Lake fish run. We typically catch 8 fish (5lb average) in the morning before going to pull up the crab traps (5 traps with lines and buoys are included).  There are several species of salmon available through several salmon runs throughout the season, including Coho, and Kings. Cut-throat trout are available in Neck Lake and other surrounding lakes for fly fishing enthusiasts.  The covered fish cleaning station, approximately 8 feet long, is conveniently located next to the garage.


There are small propane tanks for the smoker and crab cooker. Two large pots for cooking crabs are included. We typically harvest 8 Dungeness crabs a day.


In May we hunt for Black bear which now requires a lottery pick for a non-resident or the use of a guide. I have harvested two seven foot Boone and Crockett bears here.  We have switched from open scouring-type hunting to baiting because of seeing more bear and being able to pick out a larger bear.


We fish for halibut and king salmon while we wait for the bears to hit the bait!! During May we also catch herring which we pickle and use for bait.


In November, we hunt for Sitka deer which can be very large. We have harvested some at 12 points. These deer are excellent to eat because their main diet is blueberries and/or blackberries from the clear cuts. 


 In the winter the area abounds in wild life and trappers are successful with wolf, martin, beaver and mink. Also, ice-fishing is good on Neck Lake and Twin Island lakes.

The house would be an ideal place for an artist or writer seeking a tranquil creative location. It would also be a good location for an outfitter/guide due to its prolific wildlife and fish populations.  There is room on the property to put another house as guest quarters.

I will be available to show the house in May and in July.  Additionally, I can make arrangements with a neighbor for other times. 

The price for the home/furnishings/equipment etc. is priced to sell at  $367,000.

I can be reached:

 in Alaska @ 907-846- 5217  (May, July, and November) 

 In Virginia @ 434-202-8144


 Richard (Rich) Ziminski

Charlottesville, VA 22902


​View of bay from inside the house


View of bay from deck

​East side of house with view of driveway
​Sow and cubs via trail camera





​Kings and Halibut



Just relaxing


​Deck Sunset


July 2014