King Cove, Alaska Peninsula

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King Cove is a community located on a spit separating King Cove Bay and King Cove Lagoon, about 18 air miles (29 km) southeast of the village of Cold Bay, on the Alaska Peninsula, Alaska. King Cove Bay is 15 miles (24 km) across, and lies between Cold Bay and Belkofski Bay. The village is named for its founder and was originally called King’s Cove by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in 1888.

King Cove has a school, medical clinic, and a post office that was established in 1914. The village is home to a cannery operated by Peter Pan Seafoods. The plant, with origins back to the early 1900s, has the largest salmon canning capacity of any plant in Alaska. All five species of salmon are abundant in the waters near King Cove. King Crab, bairdi and opilio tanner crab, pollock, cod, salmon, halibut and black cod are caught in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska and are processed throughout the year.

The community is served by the Alaska Marine Highway, the state-run ferry service that connects villages on the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. A partially completed road between King Cove and Cold Bay is awaiting funding for completion. This road would pass through a wilderness area of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge at a projected cost of about $80 million. An earlier project linked the villages with a road and hovercraft but was abandoned due to high maintenance costs. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore King Cove and Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

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