The History of Ivanof Bay

Ivanof Bay is located on the northeast end of the Kupreanof Peninsula, 350 miles southwest of Anchorage. It lies at approximately 55 54' N Latitude, 159 29' W Longitude (Sec. 33, T049S, R066W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Aleutian Islands Recording District. The area encompasses 11 sq. miles of land and 1 sq. miles of water.

The bay was named by Lt. Dall of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1880. A salmon cannery operated at this site from the 1930s to the early 50s. A post office operated from 1952 to 1954. Several families moved from Perryville to Ivanof Bay in 1965 in search of better water sources and hunting grounds, and to pursue a peaceful lifestyle with religious freedom. There are two predominant families, the Kalmakoffs and the Calugans.

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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development