King Cove | (KCV) | kɪŋ kohv
"Largest Capacity Salmon Cannery in Alaska"
King Cove, a mostly Aleut fishing community at the west end of the Alaska Peninsula, is located 25 nautical miles from Cold Bay, 98 nautical miles from Sand Point, and 429 nautical miles from Homer. A high priority for local transportation has long been construction of an access road between King Cove and Cold Bay to provide a more reliable link to the outside world during emergencies. Although there are no visitor services available, King Cove welcomes visitors drawn by wildlife viewing opportunities.
- Developed around one of the largest fish processing centers in the United States.
- King Crab and others, pollock, cod, salmon, halibut, and more are harvested and processed throughout the year
- The cannery has been operating since 1911, with the exception of a short closure following a fire in 1970, and has the largest salmon capacity of any plant in Alaska.
- Bears are abundant, and in the spring and early fall whales can be seen migrating through Belkofski Bay.
- A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community – the Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove.
King Cove is located on the Aleutian Chain ferry route which provides service from Homer to Unalaska every other week from May through September. It takes two and a half days to travel between King Cove and Homer. It is only a two-hour cruise to get to the nearby community of Cold Bay or six hours and forty five minutes to get to Sand Point by ferry. Visitors can stay in King Cove for two days to explore the community, and then catch the ferry on its way back to Homer. Explore this community on a 9 Day Aleutian Islands Adventure.