Jakolof Bay, Kachemak Bay

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Jakolof Bay, Kachemak Bay

by | Mar 2, 2020

Jakolof Bay is on the Kenai Peninsula, at the southern end of Kasitsna Bay, about 13 miles (21 km) south of Homer and 6.5 miles (10.5 km) east-northeast of Seldovia, Alaska. The name was first reported in 1915 by the U.S. Geological Survey. The local soil type is unique to the area and was named after the bay. Jakolof soils are well-drained and consist of very deep volcanic ash over alluvial deposits that support native vegetation of Sitka spruce with an understory of salmonberry, fern, and moss. Grasses, fireweed, lupine, and other forbs grow in small scattered meadows that commonly occur on Jakolof soils.

A road was constructed in the early 20th century on the south shore of Kachemak Bay linking Seldovia to Jakolof Bay and then to a chrome mine on Red Mountain. The chromite ore was trucked to Jakolof Bay and loaded onto ships for export. A unique deepwater loading facility was constructed by blasting a tunnel through a bedrock headland to a loading wharf between Jakolof Bay and Kasitsna Bay.

The South Central Timber Company logged Jakolof Bay, and Rocky and Windy Bay in the 1960s and 70s, which played a significant role in the local economy. South Central Timber upgraded the road between Seldovia and Jakolof Bay and built the now abandoned road over the Kenai Mountains to Windy Bay and the Gulf of Alaska. Remains of the log transfer facility can still be seen today as well as a rough gravel airstrip on the beach which is underwater during very high tides. Today the bay supports an oyster farm, a marine research laboratory, and has a public dock. Read more here and here. Explore more of Jakolof Bay here:

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