Baranof is located on Warm Springs Bay on the east side of Baranof Island, about 20 air miles east of Sitka, and just off of Chatham Strait. Baranof Island is in the northern Alexander Archipelago of Southeast Alaska. The name Baranof was given to the island in 1805 by Imperial Russian Navy Captain U. F. Lisianski to honor Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, the first governor of the Russian America colony. The island was called Sheet’-ká X'áat'l (often expressed simply as "Shee") by the Tlingit Native people of Angoon. People of European descent did not find the warm springs until 1891. The town of Baranof was serviced by a post office from 1907 through 1912.
Today Baranof Warm Springs is a very small community, having only caretakers in the winter and intermittent visitors in the summer. There are about 15 seasonal homes and the commercial Baranof Wilderness Lodge. About 0.5 miles (0.8 km) of rapids and waterfalls separate the settlement from the large glacier-fed Baranof Lake. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore more of Baranof and Warm Springs Bay.