Pelican, on the NE shore of Lisianski Inlet about 4.5 miles SE of Miner Island, is a community with a cold storage plant, a general store, and a restaurant. Lodging is also available in this community.
Pelican Entrance Light (57°57'21"N., 136°13'48"W.), 17 feet (5.2 m) above the water and shown from a post with a red and white diamond-shaped daymark, is about 190 yards off the end of the breakwater.
Dangers: The dangers in the immediate area are two rocky islets and rocks awash S of the light and off the flat that extend from the shore S of the breakwater.
Wharves: The wharves at Pelican are privately owned and operated, except for a State ferry terminal on the NW side of the breakwater. The wharves and the small-craft floats are partially protected from SE winds by the breakwater and the rocky islets.
Pelican Seafoods Dock (57°57'34"N., 136°13'53"W.): 140-foot face, 18 feet reported alongside; 2½-ton hoists; shipment and receipt of containerized and conventional cargo, seafood, ice and the handling of supplies for fishing vessels.
Pelican Seafoods Service Pier (57°57'35"N., 136°13'51"W.): about 40 yards E of Seafoods Dock;
20-foot face; 75-foot W side; 60-foot E side; 10 feet reported alongside; ½-ton hoist, handling supplies for fishing vessels.
Pelican Seafoods Crab Dock (57°57'35"N., 136°13'48"W.): about 75 yards E of Seafoods Dock; 95-foot face; 15 feet reported alongside; 3-ton hoist; receipt and shipment of seafood and handling supplies for fueling vessels.
Pelican Seafoods Fuel Dock (57°57'36"N., 136°13'46"W.): just E of Crab Dock; 60-foot face; 30 feet both E and W sides; 12 feet reported alongside; receipt of petroleum products for fueling vessels.
Pelican Ferry Terminal Dock (57°57'28"N., 136°13'38"W.): on the NW side of the breakwater; 20 feet reported alongside; owned and operated by the State of Alaska.
Supplies: Provisions and fishing supplies can be obtained at the general store; gasoline, diesel fuel, lubricating oils, greases, aviation fuel, and water at the fuel pier; and ice for fishing vessels and water at the cold storage wharf>
Repairs: Vessels up to 75 feet long can be handled at one of the city-operated grids in the mudflats E of the fuel pier. Two other city-operated grids, capable of servicing three vessels, are between the fuel pier and small-boat basin. A nearby machine shop is available to small craft for minor engine repairs.
Small-craft facilities: A Federal project provides for a small-boat basin dredged to a depth of 12 feet between the wharves on the N and a breakwater 1,000 feet long on the S. The city-operated small-craft floats close SE of the fuel pier provide about 3,600 feet of float space. In 2007, 12 feet was alongside the floats except for lesser depths along the floats on the N and E outer parts of the harbor. A seaplane float is at the W end of the second float E of the fuel pier. Water and electricity are available at the floats. A 60-foot small-craft float, with 10 feet alongside, is about 25 yards NE of the E corner of Pelican Seafoods Wharf. An 800-pound hoist for transferring supplies for the general store is on the float. Another small-craft float, with 6 to 8 feet alongside, is on the N side of the Pelican Fuel Pier.
Communications: Pelican has scheduled year-round seaplane service to Juneau and Sitka. A supply boat calls monthly from Seattle. Telephone and radiotelephone services are maintained with other parts of Alaska and with other states.