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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kazakof Bay

Kazakof Bay, or, as it is otherwise known - Danger Bay, is a beautiful place.  But it has a reputation as an area of Afognak Island that has been heavily logged.  So even before the survey began I did not hold out high hopes for scenic quality.  Boy was I wrong.

Whoever planned the logging did a good job because while on the water we had a tough time seeing any evidence of it.  There are big buffers of uncut trees and it seems like whole ridges were saved for esthetic purposes.  And when we did see clear cuts they had mostly grown back pretty well and consisted of surprisingly tall trees (like 30 to 40 feet high).

Gregg and I would paddle along and ask each other, 'Why aren't people coming here to kayak and camp?'  'This place is gorgeous!'  And it was funny because we saw no evidence of other travelers.  Go to Shuyak Island and you are bound to see other kayak campers and evidence of their activities.

What's ironic is that Kazakof Bay is really close to town, and, compared to the rest of the Kodiak Archipelago, super cheap to access.  It's about 1/2 the cost of a flight to Shuyak and 1/3 the cost to say Uyak Bay, and the land access permit, while required, is free if you are not camping, hunting or fishing - and only 125$for the whole year if you do want to camp and hunt and fish. Patrick

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