Larsen Bay extends 6 miles (9.6 km) off of Uyak Bay on the west coast of Kodiak Island. The bay was named for Peter Larsen, a furrier, hunter and guide from Unga Island. The Alaska Packers Association built the cannery here in 1911 to process salmon from the Karluk River.
The Karluk is the largest and most productive salmon river on Kodiak Island. The cannery had originally been established in 1889 by the Alaska Improvement Company on the south side of the Karluk River, but in 1898, the company joined the Alaska Packers Association, and the cannery was moved to Larsen Bay to escape the weather conditions of Shelikof Strait.
The cannery was built adjacent to the small Alaska Native village of Larsen Bay, an area inhabited for at least 2,000 years based on hundreds of uncovered artifacts. The population of Larsen Bay is under 100 and mostly Alutiiq (Russian-Aleuts).
Over 30 remote canneries once operated in the Kodiak archipelago when fish traps were the principal means of catching salmon. Now just a few canneries or processors remain including Larsen Bay (Icicle Seafoods), Alitak (Ocean Beauty), and three in the city of Kodiak (Ocean Beauty, Alaska Pacific Seafoods, International Seafoods of Alaska). Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the Larsen Bay Cannery and Uyak Bay.