Kukak Cannery, Katmai National Park and Preserve

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Kukak Cannery, Katmai National Park and Preserve

by | Mar 13, 2020

Kukak Bay is on the western shore of Shelikof Strait, in Katmai National Park and Preserve, about 245 miles (395 km) southwest of Anchorage and 77 miles (124 km) northwest of Kodiak, Alaska. The bay extends southwest for about 10 miles (16 km) from Kukak Point on the southern coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The name is from the Aleut language recorded by early Russian explorers at “Guba Kukak”.

The Kukak 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) to the 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 Monument in 1931 and was designated an archaeological historic district in Katmai National Park and Preserve in 2003. Remains of the cannery can still be found, but it is deteriorating due to the weather. Read more here and here. Explore more of Kukak Bay here:

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