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70 air miles from Kodiak City. Population: 200.
Old Harbor (Nuniaq in the indigenous Alutiiq language) is nestled along the sheltered waters of Sitkalidak Strait on the southeast coast of Kodiak Island. Tall peaks serve as a dramatic backdrop for the village, which lies near the only glacier on Kodiak Island. Old Harbor faces Sitkalidak Island, host to the largest population of puffins on the Kodiak Archipelago.
Many historic sites are found in or near the village. Located south of Old Harbor, Three Saints Bay is the site of the first Russian settlement. The historic Russian Orthodox Church is a hub of community activity and the picturesque centerpiece of the village. Refuge Rock, site of a confrontation between the Alutiiq and the Russians was recently rediscovered.
The world’s largest salt water King salmon was caught out of Old Harbor. Local charter boat operators offer custom sightseeing, fishing and hunting excursions. Many native artists reside in the community.