PO Box 19149
Thorne Bay, Alaska 99919
TRAVEL TO THE FLOATEL
You will arrive at Ketchikan 'International Airport' via Alaska Air Lines Jet. Don't let the International fool you, this is still Alaska
and the terminal is only two levels. Pick up your luggage from the baggage carousel on the street level and go to the Float
Plane Service counter, near the baggage carousel for information about your float plane trip to Thorne Bay. If you are planning
an overnight stay in Ketchikan they will direct you to the airport ferry for transportation.
We have contracted a Float Plane Service, Pacific Airways, to fly our customers
directly to the FLOATEL. The quoted fare includes round trip passage, and your first
40 pounds of luggage. You will be charged separately by the float plane service for
any excess over 40 lbs. at their current rate per pound. If you bring ice chests, they
will charge a flat rate in addition to your quoted fair. Ice chests are harder to deal
with as freight and the float plane service would prefer you bring your extras in fish
boxes or other bags. If you do bring ice chests, they should NOT be larger than the
54 quarts size. Keeping your luggage and excess to the minimum necessary will help
assure you of having your luggage on the same plane that you are flown to the
FLOATEL on. In the past, some groups with large amounts of luggage have had to
wait to get ice chests and large rod tubes until the next plane with room comes out.
For your return to Ketchikan, you will be allowed two fish boxes (50# each) in addition to your 40 lbs of luggage per person at no
additional charge. We have fish boxes available at the FLOATEL. You will be charged for excess upon arrival to the Ketchikan
Float plane travel to the FLOATEL will be after 12:30pm and a return to Ketchikan on the day of your departure will be no later than 10:30am. Planning your
arrival in Ketchikan by noon and your departure from Ketchikan on the way home after 1:00pm is advisable. This will keep you from having a long wait for the
float plane or an unnecessary overnight in Ketchikan.
Once you board your plane, your 20 minute flight seeing trip up Clarence Strait to Thorne Bay will give you the chance to see some of the natural beauty Alaska
has to offer. Land formations will include Guard Island with an abandoned Coast Guard Light House, Cleveland Peninsula to the east (right side of the aircraft),
and always Prince of Wales Island to the west (left side of the aircraft). On the way you may see whales, sea lions, porpoise and ships of many sizes. Your plane
will land at the FLOATEL dock in south arm Thorne Bay and you will move into your cabin to begin your vacation with us.
How to find McFarland's FLOATEL by Road
See our MAP
By road you will arrive at the Bee Hive, our laundry
and storage building. Park in the lot and follow the
boardwalk to the cabins and on down the dock to
the FLOATEL and Baskets and Bullets.
The FLOATEL by road
If you choose to come to the FLOATEL by road you will board the Alaska
State Ferry, http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.shtml, in Bellingham,
Washington, or drive up through Canada to Prince Rupert and board the ferry
there. Your destination will be Ketchikan where you will connect up with Prince
of Wales Island's own ferry, the IFA, http://www.interislandferry.com/.
You will arrive on Prince of Island at Clark Bay, Hollis. There is no public
transportation at the ferry terminal. If you don't have your own car you will
need to make arrangements for a car in Ketchikan or on Prince of Wales
Island before you board the ferry. Once on land, you will travel to the highway
junction in Klawock and turn right following the road toward Thorne Bay.
In 2008 we completed a road to connect to the South Thorne Bay Subdivision
road. Give us a call before you make your plans so we can advise you on the
best way to reach the FLOATEL.