The water views and grassy hillside that surrounds Goddard Hot Springs in Sitka, Alaska is a picturesque place for all to relax for the day. Accessible by boat, floatplane, or paddling, this historical hot springs site is the perfect addition to any Alaskan vacation.
Goddard Hot Springs has possibly the oldest mineral springs history of all Alaskan hot springs. Known to Europeans in the mid-1800s, but earlier frequented by Indians who benefited from the healing waters, Goddard was once the home of 3 cottages that were used to house the sick.
By 1890, more buildings were added for locals seeking cures for all types of ailments. Then, in the 1920s, a 3-story hotel was constructed to allow more comfortable, overnight lodging.
After 1946, the building was no longer used and it was torn down to be replaced by two modern cedar bathhouses, owned and operated by the city of Sitka, for recreational use.
Hot Springs Pools & Lodging
Goddard Hot Springs is nestled amongst a beautiful wilderness backdrop just 45 minutes south of the city of Sitka, Alaska. The site includes two bathhouses, an outhouse, and boardwalks for easy access.
Free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, these stainless steel tubs are covered by shelters. The bathhouses feature both natural hot springs water and cold water to make the 153°F temperatures bearable for soaking.
Located on higher ground near Goddard Hot Springs, you will find campsites surrounded by a grassy meadow.
Visitors may also stay at the nearby Tom Young Memorial Cabin, situated just across the bay. It is a comfortable cabin with modern amenities and outstanding views. This is a great basecamp for enjoying the hot tubs and the surrounding area.
Goddard Hot Springs can be discovered on Hot Springs Bay on the outer coast of Baranof Island, approximately 16 miles south of Sitka. Boat charters from Sitka will gladly transport you through the rocks and shoals around the hot springs and point out a few fascinating coves and channels throughout the journey.
Additionally, many companies will be happy to drop you off and wait as you enjoy the tubs and return you to Sitka later in the day.
Floatplane rentals are also available as well as taking a paddle trip to the springs. With numerous launch sites in and around Sitka, the paddle distance is approximately 30 miles. Paddlers should plan for a three-day adventure.
However you choose to get there, Goddard Hot Springs is an Alaskan adventure just waiting for you to come and explore!
Make an additional stop at Baranof Warm Springs to round out your healing journey and you will surely feel like you have experienced the wildness and relaxing wonder of an Alaskan holiday.
Address: Sitka, Alaska 99835
GPS: 56.846531, -135.379772