Kukak Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve

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Kukak Bay is on the west shore of Shelikof Strait and in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The bay extends southwest for 10 miles (16 km) from Kukak Point, on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The name is from the Aleut language recorded by early Russian explorers at "Guba Kukak".

The Kukak Bay Cannery was a commercial razor clam operation that operated intermittently from 1922 to 1951. The razor clams were dug from a beach 25 miles (40 km) north at Swikshak, about a 5-hour boat trip. Kukak was a small self-contained industrial site where workers processed clams from April to September. A fire destroyed most of the complex in 1936 but it continued operating until 1951.

The cannery property formally became part of Katmai National Park and Preserve in 1931 and was designated an archaeological historic district in 2003. Remains of the cannery can still be found, but it is deteriorating due to the weather. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Kukak Bay.


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