PO Box 19149
Thorne Bay, Alaska 99919
ABOUT THE FLOATEL
The FLOATEL is a two story, 1,600 square foot facility on a 70 by 70 foot log float
moored 200 feet off shore. In 1981, owners Jim and Jeannie McFarland bought the
house on the waterfront in Ketchikan, moved it onto a log raft, and floated it to Thorne
Bay. They started offering Bed and Breakfast accommodations in 1985 and a
customer came up with the name FLOATEL to describe Thorne Bay’s floating hotel. In
1988 construction began on the four cabins on the land behind the FLOATEL.
A decked walkway connects the FLOATEL to shore. The first floor of the FLOATEL is
the showroom for "Baskets & Bullets", our sporting goods and basketry store. A large
open sitting room and kitchen surround a large center table covered with marine
charts of the area on the first floor also. The second floor that we used for Bed &
Breakfast, now contains our offices and private quarters.
|WELCOME to the
Baskets & Bullets Store in
the FLOATEL where you will
find fishing gear, bait,
licenses, sporting goods,
souvenirs and snacks.
We are open to the public
and catching information is
shared around the map table
in the great room over a cup