Shoemaker Bay Recreation Area is located at 4.5 mile Zimovia Highway. The area features two RV park areas, camping spaces, a large harbor for pleasure and commercial craft, tennis court, picnic area, public restrooms, beach area for swimming, and a magnificent view of Zimovia Straight, and the entrance to Chichagof Straight between the islands of Etolin and Woronofski. Across the highway, is the trailhead for Rainbow Falls Trail, which joins the Institute trail for a 3.5 mile hike up to Shoemaker Bay observation site and shelter.
Wrangell Municipal Code, Section 13.12.030 allows up to 10 days in the RV parks and five days in the tent campground at Shoemaker Bay. We do not allow overnight RV parking in the parks but do allow 48-hour tent camping at City Park, just south of Heritage Harbor.
With prior notification the 10-day length of stay might be extended. Our facilities are not intended for long-term parking. There are trailer courts for extended periods of time.
The Parks and Recreation Department, which is fairly new and still growing, has a total of 53 acres of park land. Our facilities include; an indoor swimming pool, racquetball court, weight room, gym and an indoor and outdoor shooting range (indoor range is only open in the winter months), two tennis courts, ball fields, park shelters, a number of parks two trails in town, and a kayak/canoe portage trail. In addition to our facilities, other recreational facilities throughout Wrangell include a number of hiking trails, and a 9-hole golf course.
In the past several years we have had a number of parks developed by the former Alaska Pulp Corporation. These parks have all been constructed using reusable wood products and include the Outdoor Shooting Range, Volunteer Park, Muskeg Meadows Golf Course, as well as our RV Park.
In addition to our parks, the US Forest Service has a number of campgrounds and trails you might be able to take in during your stay. During the summer months the Forest Service provides naturalists on board the ferries who offer information about the various communities in Southeast Alaska.
If you have any questions about Wrangell or other towns and sites in Southeast Alaska, please feel free to contact us. If we cannot answer the question, we will try to send you in the right direction. Thanks for visiting Wrangell. We hope you have an enjoy-able stay