Little Tutka, Kachemak Bay

Little Tutka, Kachemak Bay

by | May 27, 2019

Little Tutka Bay is a lagoon on the south side of Kachemak Bay, about 12 miles (19 km) south of Homer and 7 miles (11 km) east-northeast of Seldovia, Alaska. The lagoon is south of the Herring Islands and between Tutka Bay to the east and about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Jakolof Bay to the west. The name “Tutka” is from the Dena’ina Athabascan word “tut’ ka’a” meaning “big enclosed water”.

Kachemak Bay is bordered by unique communities known for commercial and sport fishing, art, and independent thinking. The most prominent and well-known communities are Homer and Seldovia, but the south shore of the bay has a mix of public and private lands with several established communities including Bear Cove, Halibut Cove, Peterson Bay, Little Tutka Bay, Little Jakolof Bay, and Kasitsna Bay. These are all popular sea kayaking destinations and are known for the beautiful landscapes and protected water.

Most of the land surrounding Little Tutka Bay is owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and managed by the Trust Land Office. These lands were subdivided, and individual lots are leased to generate revenue. The Trust Land Office manages multiple surface leases throughout the state and strives to establish additional long-term surface leases capable of generating additional income for the Trust. Land sales and land use activities have contributed more than 50 percent of the total revenue generated by the Trust Land Office since its inception. Read more here and here. Explore more of Little Tutka here:

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