At 3,670 square miles, Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge takes up a large portion of the island and is home to 3,500 Kodiak brown bears — the largest brown bear subspecies in the world. The island’s verdant landscape and scenic coastline provides opportunities for fishing, wildlife viewing, backcountry camping, whale watching, and kayaking. Scattered throughout the island are several state parks, providing opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, and more. For those looking for a little more luxury, the island is home to multiple remote wilderness lodges that offer comfortable accommodations and custom backcountry adventures.
The city of Kodiak is the largest town on Kodiak Island and the home of Alaska’s largest fishing fleet. From 1792 to 1799, the town was the capital of Russian America. Reminders of this residency can be found at the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kodiak History Museum — formerly a fur storehouse and one of Alaska’s oldest wooden structures. Kodiak is a great basecamp for tours and recreation adventures throughout the island, with a variety of lodging options, restaurants, visitor services, fishing charters, and tour operators. Tucked in remote areas of the island are several Aluutiq villages and port towns, including Akhiok, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinki, and Port Lions.
Kodiak is easily accessible by scheduled air service from Anchorage and is also on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry route. From Kodiak, visitors can drive the 87 miles of the Kodiak Road System and access remote communities and parks via boat or air taxi.
Kodiak ISland & Archipelago: Cities & Towns
Kodiak island & Archipelago: Parks
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