Afognak Island State Park

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Afognak Island State Park

Alaska

(907) 486-6339

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Overview

Identified in 1892 as one of the nation's first conservation areas, Afognak Island was originally designated as the Afognak Forest and Fish Culture Reserve because of its outstanding wildlife and salmon habitat value. In 2001 an additional 33,498 acres were purchased through EVOS funding for habitat protection, to include areas adjacent to the park lands. Afognak Island State Park now incorporates much of the east and north sides of the island, totaling over 75,000 acres. Most of this park is undeveloped and pristine except for an area south of Seal Bay that was partly logged in the early 1990s. The park is known for its rugged topography, dense old-growth Sitka spruce forests, and salmon spawning habitat. Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and the endangered marbled murrelet inhabit the park. Visitors can fish, hunt, hike, or just enjoy the pristine environment. There are two public use cabins in the park. One is on the south shore of Pillar Lake and the other is at Laura Lake, east of Perenosa Bay on the northern end of Afognak Island. Both are restored U.S. Forest Service cabins.

Map of Afognak Island (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 58.272488, -152.164114

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Activities

  • Boating

    Since there are no developed trails near Laura Lake, visitors may want to bring a kayak or inflatable water craft. The lake has extensive fingers making shoreline walking arduous.

  • Bicycling

    There are no developed roads or trails on the island.

  • Camping

    The Pillar Lake cabin is located on the strip of land between Izhut Bay and Pillar Lake in the southeast corner of the island. It takes approximately 20 minutes by floatplane to reach the cabin from the city of Kodiak. Laura Lake is located on the northern end of Afognak Island roughly 2 1/2 miles from the head of Pauls Bay. The cabin can be reached in 35 minutes by floatplane from the city of Kodiak. Access is via floatplane only, since there are no developed trails from Pauls Bay to the cabin. (Densely forested Sitka spruce and rugged terrain make any cross-country travel in this area challenging.

  • Fishing

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game operates several weirs on Afognak Island, including sites at Pauls Bay and Little Waterfall Creeks. The 3-mile long freshwater lake is part of the highly productive Pauls and Laura lakes salmon spawning system. Red salmon enter Pauls Lake in mid-June and silvers enter during August. These fish must journey two miles through Pauls Lake and up a cascading creek before entering Laura Lake. Because Laura Lake is two miles from saltwater and is at an elevation of 160 feet, salmon struggling to enter the lake are beginning to deteriorate; they are no longer bright in color.

  • Hiking

    There are no developed trails in the area. However, you can reach alpine areas from Pillar Lake by hiking for a couple of hours through the Sitka spruce forest east of the lake. An outstanding mile-long beach on the ocean is a short walk from the cabin. There are no salmon streams near the cabin, but visitors can fish for Dolly Varden in the lake. Driftwood on the ocean beaches may be used for firewood.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed. Please follow Alaska hunting regulations.

  • Water Sports

    See "Boating"

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving

There are no developed roads in the parks.

Flying

Most destinations in the park are accessible by floatplanes only. Commercial air service is available from Anchorage to the city of Kodiak. Several air charters provide float plane service to Afognak Island from either Kodiak or Homer.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 486-6339

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