The FLOATEL is a two story, 1,600 square foot facility on a 70 by 70 foot log float moored 200 feet off
shore. In 1981, owners Jim and Jeannie McFarland bought the house on the waterfront in Ketchikan,
moved it onto a log raft, and floated it to Thorne Bay. They started offering Bed and Breakfast
accommodations in 1985 and a customer came up with the name FLOATEL to describe Thorne Bay’s
floating hotel. In 1988 construction began on the four cabins on the land behind the FLOATEL.

A decked walkway connects the FLOATEL to shore. The first floor of the FLOATEL is the showroom for
"Baskets & Bullets", our sporting goods and basketry store.  A large open sitting room and kitchen
surround a large center table covered with marine charts of the area on the first floor also. The second
floor that we used for Bed & Breakfast, now contains our offices and private quarters.
WELCOME to the Baskets &
Bullets Store
in the FLOATEL
where you will find fishing gear,
bait, licenses, sporting goods,  
souvenirs, and snacks.

We are open to the public and
catching information is shared
around the map table in the
great room over a cup of coffee.