Kodiak is the second largest island in the US located just off the southern coast of Alaska; a rural and mostly undeveloped stretch of coastline with gorgeous pristine beaches—just perfect for a weekend getaway or a better yet – a week or two.
Kodiak, nicknamed the Emerald Isle, consists of 3,595 square miles. The island has heavy forests and mountains in the north and east, but is fairly treeless in the south. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the southern 2/3rds of the island.
The city of Kodiak is the largest community. There are seven other communities on Kodiak Island including Akhiok, Old Harbor, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Port Lyons and an unorganized community near Cape Chiniak.
The Kodiak bears have been isolated on the island for about 12,000 years, but although they are a subspecies of the brown bear or grizzly, they are much larger. The vast array of available foods and the gentler climate in Kodiak has allowed them to be on par with the polar bears in size.
They can weigh up to 1500 pounds and a male can be 10 feet tall when standing on his hind feet and 5 feet tall when on all fours.
Kodiak houses a major fishing industry. Kodiak crab fishing hit prime time TV with the Deadliest Catch show. Kodiak’s crab fishermen work day and night in freezing temperatures and extreme weather to get their catch. Crab fishing here in Alaska is statistically the most dangerous job in America according to the people at the Maritime Museum here in Kodiak.
Kodiak Island is a fisherman’s dream! The Kodiak Island road system has approximately 70 miles of paved and hard-packed gravel roads crossing 10 significant streams and provides access to over 20 stocked lakes. An ATV ride to Saltry Cove or a fishing charter allows you access to all five species of Pacific salmon as well as Dolly Varden, steelhead trout, halibut and more.
US Coast Guard Base Kodiak
The US Navy began construction of the Kodiak naval air station in 1939 which was officially commissioned in June 1941. In October 1950, it was re-designated as Naval Station Kodiak, and in 1972 the site was turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The current primary mission is aerial search and rescue although they also monitor US and international fishing fleets, Fisheries Law Enforcement patrols, logistic support of outlying Coast Guard units and protection of living marine natural resources.
It is the largest Coast Guard base in America.
Whether you are looking for an outdoors cornucopia, a romantic getaway, or are just looking to get away from it all, Kodiak is your place. Boat charters, stream and road system fishing, biking, whale watching, kayaking, hiking and ATV trips are just a few of the things to do in Kodiak.
Unlike other coastal communities, you won’t find large hotels, strip malls, or crowded streets. What you will find is a sanctuary; an escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Reconnect with nature, enjoy the peace and privacy of the ocean, watch the sunset, listen to the waves, smell the sea. Kodiak has it all.