Jakolof Bay, Kachemak Bay

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Jakolof Bay is on the Kenai Peninsula, at the south end of Kasitsna Bay, and about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) northeast of Seldovia, Alaska.

A road was constructed in the early 20th century on the south shore of Kachemak Bay from Seldovia to Jakolof Bay and then to a chrome mine on Red Mountain. The chromite ore was trucked to Jakolof Bay and loaded onto ships for export. A unique deep water loading facility was constructed by blasting a tunnel through a bedrock headland to a loading wharf between Jakolof Bay and Kasitsna Bay.

The South Central Timber Company logged Jakolof Bay, and Rocky and Windy Bay in the 1960s and 70s, which played a significant role in the local economy. South Central Timber upgraded the road between Seldovia and Jakolof Bay and built the now abandoned road over the Kenai Mountains to the Gulf of Alaska. Remains of the log transfer facility can still be seen today as well as a rough gravel airstrip on the beach which is underwater during very high tides. Today the bay supports an oyster farm, a marine research laboratory, and has a public dock. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Jakolof Bay.

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