1st Class City
in the Aleutians East Borough
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- a.k.a. Agdaagux
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Aleutian Islands
Geography and Climate
- King Cove is located on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula, on a sand spit fronting Deer Passage and Deer Island. It is 18 miles southeast of Cold Bay and 625 miles southwest of Anchorage.
- King Cove lies in the maritime climate zone. Temperatures average 25 to 55 °F, with extremes from -9 to 76 °F. Annual snowfall averages 52 inches, and total annual precipitation averages 33 inches. Fog during summer and high winds during winter can limit accessibility.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- King Cove was founded in 1911 when Pacific American Fisheries built a salmon cannery. Early settlers were Unangan, Scandinavian, and other European fishermen. Of the first ten founding families, five consisted of a European father and an Aleut mother. The city was incorporated in 1949. The cannery operated continuously between 1911 and 1976, when it was partially destroyed by fire. The adoption of the 200-mile fisheries limit spurred rebuilding. King Cove remains tied to fishing and fish processing.
- Scandinavians have historically influenced the cultural, economic, and social structures. King Cove is a mixed non-Native and Unangan community.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove, Native Village of Belkofski
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewar, Electric, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Police, Volunteer Fire/EMS & Rescue, Harbor/Port, Roads (BIA Contract). Recreation, Planning, Public Works, Equipment Rental
- King Cove is accessible only by air and sea. A state-owned 3,500' long by 100' wide gravel runway is available. Gale force crosswinds are common, as the airport lies in a valley between two volcanic peaks. Currently a hovercraft provides regular service to Cold Bay, which enjoys more stable flying conditions. Cold Bay Airport has a long runway. The state ferry operates bi-monthly between May and October in King Cove. The ferry and marine cargo services use one of three docks owned by Peter Pan Seafoods. A deep water dock is also operated by the city. The North Harbor provides moorage for 90 boats and is ice-free all year. The new Babe Newman Harbor is operated by the city and provides additional moorage for 60' to 150' long fishing vessels.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District