Why You Need to See the Historic Eldred Rock Light

Many of our communities served as a gateway to the Alaskan Inner Passage by providing safe passage through various channels and ports. In fact, the history of Juneau, Haines, and other destinations lay their roots not only in mining but also the seafaring culture of fishing and boating. Beaconing signals from lighthouses like the Eldred Rock Light in Haines, AK, guided these daring sailors and their vessels safely to shore. If you want to experience in this shining piece of our past, set sail on the high-speed Fjord Express!

Are you looking for ways to learn more about our history? If so, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide! You’ll find our recommendations for informative institutions, stunning sites like the Eldred Rock Light, and exceptional restaurants. Our guide also showcases the contemporary guest rooms and indulgent amenities at Silverbow Inn!

Everything You Need to Know the Eldred Rock Light

Mining, fishing, and exploring the unknown are three characteristics woven into the fabric of many Alaskan communities. Today, this sense of wonder continues to fuel our seafaring industries. Read over our local insights and find out the impact of the Eldred Rock Light on our history!

The History of This Site

This octagonal-shaped structure was constructed from 1902 to 1906 in the Lynn Canal. Since then, the historic Eldred Rock Light is known as the oldest lighthouse in Alaskan history and one of the most remote ones in America. The original building stands elevated the cliff of a small island, but no longer shines its light.

In 2012, the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center request to work with the Coast Guard to restore the Eldred Rock Light to its former glory. The Marine Exchange of Alaska partnered with the museum in 2013 to provide additional resources on the continued efforts. From this, the Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association was formed and now is in charge of the lighthouse grounds with help from the other interested organizations.

Can I Tour the Island?

If you are planning to visit the secluded island during the day, we urge you reserve a boat journey with the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines. The guides will get you close enough for a high-quality photo because you cannot walk on the island or inside of the lighthouse. Or, you can also plan a helicopter tour for an even more unique experience!

When You Return

Once you depart the vessel at the Cruise Ship Terminal, you’ll be close to an array of Juneau, AK, attractions and just around the corner from our boutique hotel. If you are looking to grab a bite to eat, experience the culinary expertise of Tracy’s King Crab Shack, a popular dive restaurant on South Franklin. Or, you can kick off your shoes and lounge in nearby Marine Park. After your day of exploring, unwind in the modern comforts of our boutique hotel in Juneau!

Silverbow Inn Is Your Vacation Destination!

After experiencing the Eldred Rock Light and some of our favorite Juneau hangouts, relax in your spacious guest room at Silverbow Inn! Our downtown hotel offers the perfect place for you to unwind and recharge on your Alaskan vacation. We invite you to browse our chic accommodations and reserve the ideal one for you!

As you browse, consider booking our City View King Room! This contemporary hideaway features comfortable bedding, soft linens, and unparalleled views of our downtown area. You can also step into the sleek bathroom and treat yourself to relaxation in the soaker tub. When you stay in this room, you’ll be close to our many amenities including the rooftop hot tub. This year-round delight showcases the diverse landscape of Juneau and offers the ultimate place to relax!

Plan your perfect getaway with us this year!