Creek Street
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Once a red-light district, now an arts and crafts shopping area.
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  • travelbob1
    New Windsor, New York1,135 contributions
    Great Place for Photographers
    On a clear day this attraction allowed us to do a lot. There are the photo opportunities from one end to the other of this community, the creek and architecture. Then there are the variety of shops with their various arts and crafts. Don't forget to walk further up the creek to see some of the natural shoreline landscapes. One tip; find your way to the salmon ladder and roaring waterfall just off the Park Ave bridge or Married Man's trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Usia2014
    Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
    Quaint area in Ketchikan
    We enjoyed visiting Creek Street while in Ketchikan. The houses are nicely painted, historical and the shops inside are interesting. Authentic local arts and crafts are for sale in this quaint community. Dolly’s brothel house is here. There is a nice boardwalk over the river. It’s a fun way to spend part of your day.
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Jp P
    11 contributions
    Lots of shops to get Alaskan souvenirs
    Creek street is very close to the cruise ship terminal. There are many shops to see along the way. Great place to get salmon. I found the gold jewelry shop interesting. As you walk to Creek Street, you can see the totem pole at Whale Park that is pictured on your US passport.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • bill berezowitz
    27 contributions
    Fun on creek st
    Enjoyed our visit to the stores. Nice pix of creek. We were told that late july - into august is great time to see Salmon jump (we were early). Ladies @Dollys are hir & miss in terms of presentation & preparation. Be sure to become a “temporary Eagle” & have a drink on their patio!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    Very small, historic area of Ketchikan!
    This is where men and salmon come upstream to spawn! What was then the Red Light District of Ketchikan, it still kept its charms to this day, even with the hordes of cruise ship tourists coming in and out of this area. Salmon will be seen along the Ketchikan Creek at the right time, but we weren't able to witness any since it was June.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • CanuckAlberta
    632 contributions
    CS a must
    This quaint little street is worth the effort and a short walk from the docks. Interesting history and story and shops here are a little more interesting. Depending on how many ships in town it can get pretty busy and the walkways here are quite narrow so my advise is go directly here when you get off the ship before it gets really packed.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • 708Robin
    West Sussex, United Kingdom1,459 contributions
    Good for browsing in the shops
    A short walk from where the cruise ships dock. This used to be where the brothels were located in yester year. Now it is a shopping destination with a variety of gift shops set on a wooden broad walk. Have a look in the water below as you may well see some wild life.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Lisa A
    Elk Grove, California29 contributions
    Cute town, fun walk
    My family & I decided against an organized excursion while visiting Ketchikan and chose instead to walk the town and enjoy a small hike. So glad we did! We did the Rainbird Trail, followed by a couple self guided walks around town- the Salmon Walk along Creek Street being one. Such fun watching the salmon swim against the current and the sea lions speed by and play with each other in the larger pools. We were lucky to have had great weather, which contributed to the enjoyment of our leisure stroll through this cute town!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • srimanone
    Joshua Tree, California1,077 contributions
    NICE EXPERIENCE OFF THE CRUISE SHIP
    When you get off ship just wander around.most excursions are. A big rip off as the town is very tiny and can walk around it all if half day. Nice area of town and very quaint. To many shops and many ships in port
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Fred
    Dover, Delaware83 contributions
    Creek Street, a great place to meet local merchants and artist
    Lovely picturesque street filled with many shops filled with both local artist and commercial merchandise. Take your time and get to know some of the small business owners and craftsman. You will not be disappointed and the stories they tell and the pictures of everyday life are amazing. If you are luck enough to be here when the salmon are spawning, (July/ August) you can watch and film them swimming in the creek river. If the tide is in the seals will also be present as they enjoy eating salmon. FYI: your lucky you may even see a bear near the boardwalk. Lot's of history here in addition to the people. stories and shopping.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
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1,035 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
A quaint area with a seedy history. Great for a wander along the raised board walk on wooden pilings over Ketchikan Creek. The area houses shops, restaurants, Dolly's House Museum and private dwellings. There's also a Salmon Walk from the northern end of Creek Street, marked by the Yelatzie Salmon. In salmon season, it is fascinating to watch the salmon ascend the fish ladder. Our visit was preceded by unusually heavy rainfall and as a result, there were large numbers of dead salmon (very sad to see) on the banks of the stream, creating a rather offensive smell!
Written December 7, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Creek Street is a beautiful pathway alongside the local creek, in Alaska's Ketchikan. A wonderful experience. It used to be the local Red Light District! Today it's full of a large variety of shops, colourful buildings, lovely scenery, wonderful views, unforgettable, happy images.
Written November 28, 2023
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Pam T
Mansfield, OH283 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Quite a walk from the ship as the Encore docked way out. Glad I saw it but not what I expected. Some people bought salmon in the shop that was open.
Written November 9, 2023
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The Happy Traveler
Chicago, IL659 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Creek Street is famous in downtown. It’s amazing how they have wooden stilted walkways built right over the Ketchikan creek and all the old structures that are still standing!
The bridge to Creek street is fascinating in that you have rushing water flowing 24/7. At the time we were there we caught sights of the salmon run along with the ancient salmon ladder!
In the 1920’s the street was infamous for fishermen, bootleggers and prostitutes. You can visit Dolly’s house that’s now a museum. There’s even a trail named “Married man’s trail”.
There’s plenty of shops and eateries along the way too.
Written November 5, 2023
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eoireitum
scotland293 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is an easy and interesting walk. There are some steps at the salmon leap, but it is worth it when the salmon are running.

Creek Street itself has a very interesting history but is now very touristy, considering the amount of cruise ships that dock you can't really blame the locals for earning a living.
Written October 7, 2023
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN2,894 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
During our excursion in Ketchikan we took the time to walk through Creek Street. The shops are very touristy but the way everything is built by the water and the history of the area is very interesting. We probably spent an hour here and enjoyed our visit.
Written September 30, 2023
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Ann H
York, UK2,463 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately the rain was torrential the day we visited this quaint part of the town and the experience would have been so much better in better weather. That aside, the walkways alongside the creek with the history on boards and the houses gave you a really good sense of how this place used to operate. The views along the creek were beautiful and the salmon jumping was an added extra. The shops are very touristy but there are some lovely authentic sourced souvenirs to be found.
Written September 14, 2023
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Rockiroads
Oshawa, Canada1,269 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were not too thrilled with Ketchikan. Felt it was too touristy and rougher than some of the other ports. A lot of stores seem to repeat themselves like they are owned by the same person. MY opinion. A But what was really good was walking around certain areas of town, namely Creek street. The buildings over the water, the history written on some buildings and poles. Lots to look at and read. A nice walk, you could easily go without a guide of any kind here.
Written September 11, 2023
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SGHGirl
Teaneck, NJ140 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Creek street was very charming and pretty to walk alongside. Was quite packed with people though. Great little shops and stores to poke into. We did the whole thing in about 20 minutes then walked to the lumberjack show.
Written September 9, 2023
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Geof J
Germantown, WI488 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a place you have to see in Ketchikan even though it is quite commercial and can be very busy. We were on a small expedition cruise but when we were in Ketchikan there were 4 other large cruise ships in port and our first visit mid-morning was very crowded - so much so that I found it a not so great experience. However we did return late in the afternoon shortly before we had to go back to the ship and the crowds were gone (the large ship cruisers had to get back aboard early I guess) and it was wonderful and quiet. Sure it is a bunch of shops and restaurants but the views along the creek are beautiful and some of the shops are interesting. Definitely worth a visit just try to time your visit to avoid the big ship crowds if you can
Written September 2, 2023
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