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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Cuts in ferry service lead to uptick in water taxi business


February 15, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Scott Gile, of the Bay Co., drives a new four-wheeler ATV onto the Rainforest Islander on Feb. 8 for delivery to Banana Point on Mitkof Island for a customer in Petersburg.

It has been more than a month without state ferry service after the Kennicott last stopped in Wrangell on Jan. 11. Ferry service is scheduled to start again on Friday, with the Columbia pulling in on its northbound run.

In the month with no service, privately operated water taxis have been filling even more than before, responding to an increased need for passengers and cargo looking to get to Banana Point at the southern end of Mitkof Island, or all the way into Petersburg or to Coffman Cove and the road system on Prince of Wales Island.

Not only have companies like Muddy Water Adventures...

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