Elfin Cove, Chichagof Island

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Elfin Cove is a small embayment, originally called the Gunk Hole, located on the west coast of the Inian Peninsula of Chichagof Island, Alaska. The bay is about 80 miles (129 km) west of Juneau, 34 miles (55 km) northwest of Hoonah, and 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Point Lavinia.

The community of Elfin Cove is at the head of the bay and near the lucrative fishing grounds of Cross Sound. The village has been shown on U.S. Forest Service maps since 1935, presumably named for its small size. It is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, and in the busy summer months, the local businesses serve the commercial fishing fleets and tourists.

The village can be traversed via a short network of boardwalks with stairs and ramps. At the top of the ramp from the Gunk Hole harbor is a museum, housed in the former school building that closed when the population of children in the village dropped below the minimum of ten. The network of boardwalks leads to the outer harbor, passing a small gear store and repair shop, some lodgings, a building that houses showers and laundry, and a combination general store and liquor store. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore more of Elfin Cove.

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