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Thorne Bay, Alaska

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Thorne Bay.

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Around Thorne Bay ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Ketchikan. It is located about 40 miles [64 km] to the southeast of Thorne Bay. Ketchikan has a population of 8,200 people.<1>

The next largest community is Craig. It is located about 27 miles [43 km] to the southwest of Thorne Bay and has a population of 1,200 people.

For comparison, Thorne Bay has a population of 490 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<2>

Community   2016
Coffman Cove   [Map]   180   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Edna Bay   [Map]   ---   NW   48 miles [77.2 km]
Hydaburg   [Map]   400   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Kasaan   [Map]   50   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Klawock   [Map]   796   W   23 miles [37 km]
Saxman   [Map]   418   SE   43 miles [69.2 km]

The following is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   DirectionDistance
Dora Bay   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Hollis   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Loring   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Meyers Chuck   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Naukati Bay   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Olive Cove   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk Inlet   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
Thoms Place   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tokeen   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Ward Cove   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Waterfall   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Whale Pass   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thorne Bay ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Clover Pass   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the Southeast of Thorne Bay   [Map]
Coppermount   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Craig   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mud Bay   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Olive Cove   -   36 miles [57.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Refuge Cove   -   35 miles [56.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Salt Chuck   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Shoreline Drive   -   37 miles [59.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Waterfall   -   37 miles [59.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Yes Bay (Historic)   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Thorne Bay ...

Looking for more information about Thorne Bay? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Thorne Bay, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Thorne Bay.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Thorne Bay.

We're compiling a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Thorne Bay. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alaska

    Alaska Tourism
    Parks for Alaska

    Fishing in Alaska
    Hunting in Alaska

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alaska Statewide Tourism
    Thorne Bay Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Thorne Bay

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alaska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alaska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alaska

Airports Near Thorne Bay ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Thorne Bay.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Klawock Airport(KLW/PAKW)   [Map]   AKW   WSW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Craig Airport   [Map]   CGA   WSW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Ketchikan Intl. (KTN/PAKT)   [Map]   KTN   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Thorne Bay.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Thorne Bay. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Ketchikan Intl. (KTN/PAKT)   [Map]   KTN   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wrangell Airport(WRG/PAWG)   [Map]   WRG   N   56 miles [90.1 km]
Petersburg Airport(PSG/PAPG)   [Map]   PSG   N   79 miles [127.1 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Klawock Airport(KLW/PAKW)   [Map]   AKW   WSW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Craig Airport   [Map]   CGA   WSW   27 miles [43.5 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Juneau Intl.   (JNU/PAJN)   [Map]
        Website for Juneau International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Ketchikan Intl.   (KTN/PAKT)   [Map]
        Website for Ketchikan International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Wrangell Airport   (WRG/PAWG)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Petersburg Airport   (PSG/PAPG)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Masset Airport   (ZMT/CZMT)   [Map]
        Website for Masset Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Klawock Airport   (KLW/PAKW)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Thorne Bay:

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Thorne Bay.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Thorne Bay. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Thorne Bay) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thorne Bay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thorne Bay

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thorne Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 55.6674, Longitude: -132.5298     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Thorne Bay), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thorne Bay.