Petersburg has developed into one of Alaska's major fishing communities. Several processors operate cold storage, canneries and custom packing services, employing over 1,100 people during the peak season. Petersburg currently is one of the top-ranking ports in the U.S. for the quality and value of fish landed. It is also the supply and service center for many area logging camps. Independent sportsmen and tourists utilize the local charter boats and lodges, but there is no deep water dock suitable for cruise ships. It is located in the Petersburg Recording District. The area encompasses 43 sq. miles of land and 5 sq. miles of water.

Petersburg is accessed by air and water. It is on the mainline State ferry route. The State-owned James A. Johnson Airport and Lloyd R. Roundtree Seaplane Base (on the Wrangell Narrows) allows for scheduled jet and float plane services. Harbor facilities include three docks, two petroleum wharves, two barge terminals, three boat harbors with moorage for 600 boats, a boat launch, and boat haul-out. Barges deliver goods on a regular basis.

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