Port of Anchorage, Cook Inlet

The Port of Anchorage is on Knik Arm at the head of Cook Inlet where the tide range often exceeds 10 m (33 ft). The port handles more ships, tugs and barges than any other deep-water port in the state and is the primary import gateway for more than 85% of Alaska's population. The Port was built in the late 1950's and began operations in 1961. Over 38,000 tons of marine cargo moved across a single berth in the first year of operation. Today over 3.5 million tons of food, building materials, cars, clothing, cement, fuel and other goods are handled each year. The docks have direct access to the Alaska Railroad, and all intrastate highway routes, and most cargo is reloaded onto smaller vessels, trucks, trains or air transported throughout the state. Port facilities now include three cargo terminals and two petroleum terminals. The water depth at the docks is maintained at 11 m (35 ft) to 14 m (45 ft). Learn more about the Port of Anchorage here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore more of Cook Inlet and Knik Arm.