2nd Class City
in the Kodiak Island Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Port Lions is located in Settler Cove, on the north coast of Kodiak Island, 247 air miles southwest of Anchorage.
- The climate of the Kodiak Islands is dominated by a strong marine influence. There is little or no freezing weather, moderate precipitation, and frequent cloud cover and fog. Severe storms are common from December through February. Annual precipitation averages 54 inches, with 75 inches of snowfall. Temperatures remain within a narrow range, from 20 to 60 °F.
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History and Culture
- The town was founded in 1964 by the displaced inhabitants of Afognak, which was destroyed by a tsunami after the Good Friday Earthquake. The community was named in honor of the Lions Club, for their support in rebuilding and relocating the village. The city government was incorporated in 1966. For many years, Port Lions was the site of the large Wakefield Cannery on Peregrebni Point. The cannery burned down in March 1975. Soon thereafter, the village corporation purchased a 149-foot floating processor, "The Smokwa." Although sold in 1978, "The Smokwa" processed crab in the area intermittently between 1975 and 1980. A small sawmill, located south of town, operated until 1976.
- The majority of the population are Alutiiq. Most residents lead a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
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- Native Village of Port Lions
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Harbor/Dock, Library, Volunteer Fire, Roads, State-funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO)
- Port Lions is accessible by air and water. There is a state-owned 2,200' long by 75' wide gravel airstrip, and the city dock may be used by seaplanes. Regular and charter flights are available from Kodiak. The boat harbor with breakwater and dock provide 82 boat slips. The state ferry operates bi-monthly from Kodiak between May and October. Barge service is available from Seattle.
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