in the Kodiak Island Borough
- Area Type
- Place of Interest
- Current Population
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (uh fog' nack); also see Port Lions
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
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- CDQ Participant
- CQE Eligible
Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- This traditional Alutiiq (Russian-Aleut) village was located on Afognak Bay, on the southwest coast of Afognak Island, north of Kodiak Island.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- Afognak lies in the maritime climate zone, characterized by an average annual temperature of about 42 °F. This zone lacks prolonged periods of freezing weather at low altitudes and is characterized by cloudiness and frequent fog. The combination of heavy precipitation and low temperatures at high altitudes in the coastal mountains of southern Alaska accounts for the numerous mountain glaciers. The coldest measured month in 2013 was March, with a mean minimum temperature of 24.9 °F. The warmest measured month was April, with a mean maximum temperature of 41.9 °F. The Kodiak Archipelago is warmed by the Japanese current. The climate is similar to Southeast Alaska, with less precipitation.
- Weather Station Name
- Kitoi Bay
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History and Culture
- The village name was derived from Afognak Island and was first reported in 1839 by Sub-Lt. Mikhail Murashev. The Census of 1890 noted a series of settlements along the beach, including Rutkovsky village, where a group of retired employees of the Russian American Company lived. A post office was maintained intermittently from 1888 to 1958. The Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 generated a tsunami that destroyed the village. A new community was constructed on the northeast coast of Kodiak Island, called Port Lions, and the residents of Afognak moved there permanently in December 1964.
- There are a few small logging camps and fishing lodges on Afognak Island. A community of Russian Old Believers have also settled on the island at Aleneva.
- Indigenous Language
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Afognak
- Transportation is provided by float plane or boat from Kodiak. Float plane access is found in various areas around the island.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection