The hot spring in Tenakee Springs is in a bathhouse with separate bathing times for men and women. Tenakee is one hot springs to visit in southeast Alaska. Photo courtesy Kenneth John Gill.

The U.S. Geological Survey identifies 79 thermal springs in Alaska. Some are developed. Many are remote and rugged. Here are three in southeast Alaska that range from popular to rarely visited.

Chief Shakes Hot Springs 

Located about 12 miles up the Stikine River on an offshoot called the Ketilli Slough, these hot springs are maintained by the Forest Service. The springs include one open-air tub, one enclosed tub, dressing rooms and benches. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays, according to the Forest Service

Tenakee Hot Springs 

Early prospectors and fishermen waiting out winters by staying warm at these springs eventually fostered the community of Tenakee Springs, which today is home to about 100 residents. The bathhouse in town is maintained by a volunteer committee that also regulates separate bathing times for men and women. Located on Chichagof Island, Tenakee is accessible by boat or plane.

Trocadero Soda Springs 

About 12 miles southeast of Craig on Prince of Wales Island, these seldom-visited springs are naturally effervescent and warm. The water is drinkable and is said to have a “sharp, pleasant taste” and has been sold in the past. 


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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