Point Bentinck, Hinchinbrook Island

Point Bentinck, Hinchinbrook Island

by | Mar 9, 2019

Point Bentinck is at the northeast tip of Hinchinbrook Island, on Strawberry Channel, about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Cordova, Alaska. Point Bentinck is within Boswell Bay State Marine Park and is adjacent to the Copper River Delta State Critical Habitat, a wetland complex 35 miles (56 km) wide and a critical stop for millions of migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.

This point was first named “Punta De Aguirre” on July 17, 1779, by Don Ignacio Arteaga who with Don Juan de la Bodega y Quadra, on the Spanish vessels La Princesa and La Favorita, were the first to explore the region. In 1794, Captain George Vancouver named a headland 4 miles (6.5 km) to the southwest after William Henry Cavendish Bentinck. But that headland had already been named “Point Steele” in 1787 by Captain Nathaniel Portlock, of the Royal Navy, so the name “Point Bentinck” was transferred to its present location.

Evidence of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake can be seen here. This area was uplifted during the earthquake and the former shoreline is now more than a mile farther inland. The southern edge of the park at Point Bentinck is a high-energy sand beach fully exposed to the Gulf of Alaska. Read more here and here. Explore more of Point Bentinck here:

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