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Petersburg is a small, friendly community with many opportunities.

Petersburg, Alaska is a charming, friendly community. It's population center is located on the northern portion of Mitkof Island in the middle of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Tlingit Indians used the area as a summer fish camp for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of European immigrants in the late 1800’s. Petersburg is named after Peter Buschmann who built a sawmill and cannery. The proximity to LeConte Glacier provided a year round supply of ice and Petersburg grew into a prosperous fishing community. Many of the early families who settled here and whose descendents continue to live here are of Norwegian descent. As a result, Petersburg Alaska earned the nickname of ‘Alaska’s Little Norway’. Residents continue many of the community’s Nordic traditions, including celebrating Syttende Mai (the 17th of May), Norway’s Constitution Day.

The Petersburg Borough is homeport to one of most productive and diverse commercial fishing fleets in Alaska, and location of three major seafood processing plants, and several small custom processors. On average, over 70 million pounds of fish and shellfish crosses the dock in Petersburg each year, making Petersburg one of the country’s top ports as well.

Take a moment and discover what Petersburg has to offer you.


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