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In addition to the hotels and B&Bs listed, the Ketchikan Reservation Service, 412 D-1 Loop Rd., Ketchikan, AK 99901 (www.ketchikan-lodging.com; tel. 800/987-5337 or tel./fax 907/247-5337), books many bed-and-breakfasts and outfitted apartments, and has online availability and reservations. Alaska Travelers Accommodations LLC (www.alaskatravelers.com; tel. 907/247-7117) is a Ketchikan-based service of long standing that handles lodgings here.

Here are a couple of single-unit rentals in pleasant residential settings that we can recommend, each with cooking facilities: Soaring Eagle Vacation Rental (www.vrbo.com/162011; tel. 907/247-1710), a luxurious, new suite for $135 double; and Stormy Seas Bed & Breakfast (www.stormyseasbb.com; tel. 907/617-1997), a great choice for a small family, in a lovely location, for only $98 double.

A Hostel & Camping

Three Forest Service campgrounds with a total of 47 sites are located at Ward Lake. A salmon stream runs through the middle of the lakeside Signal Creek Campground, which, along with the Last Chance Campground, can be reserved through the national system. The camping fee at either place is $10.

Eighteen miles out North Tongass Highway, the Settler's Cove State Park includes a sandy beach (a good place to watch whales, beachcomb, or even swim), an accessible path to a spectacular waterfall, and a short coastal trail. There are 14 campsites, half of which will take rigs of up to 30 feet, without hookups. Camping costs $10 a night. For information, contact the Alaska Division of Parks, 9883 N. Tongass Hwy. (tel. 907/247-8574).

If you need hookups for an RV, try Clover Pass Resort, about 15 miles north of the ferry terminal on North Point Higgins Road (www.cloverpassresort.com; tel. 800/410-2234 or 907/247-2234). They charge $34 to $39 a night.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.