Thoms Place, Wrangell Island

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Thoms Place, Wrangell Island

by | Jan 16, 2019

Thoms Place is a widely distributed community along Zimovia Strait, about 24 miles (39 km) southeast of Wrangell, on the south coast of Wrangell Island, Alaska. The name was first reported for a small community in 1900 by Lieutenant Commander J. F. Moser of the U.S. Navy. Today the area includes Thoms Place State Marine Park.

Thoms Place is part of the South Wrangell Island roadless area bounded on the east by Fools Inlet, on the south by Ernest Sound, and on the west by Zimovia Strait. The area was inhabited by the Tlingit in prehistoric and historic times and is now included in the City and Borough of Wrangell. The natural integrity of the area has been impacted by the roads and logging areas to the north. Vegetation is typical southeast Alaska temperate rain forest and wildlife include deer, wolves, black bear, marten, and a small population of brown bear and moose.

Commercial ships and recreational vessels use the waters on three sides of the area but usually are not intrusive. At the head of Thoms Place State Marine Park is Thoms Creek which is also accessible by road and supports a major sockeye salmon run and a subsistence fishery. Otherwise, the area provides primarily non-motorized recreational opportunities. Read more here and here. Explore more of Thoms Place here:

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