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Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

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The low, barn-red buildings of a former salmon cannery welcome you to Alaskan Native-owned Icy Strait Point, the cruise industry's only "private island" in the U.S. The focus here is the area's natural beauty and abundant wildlife, both on shore and off.

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AMBIENCE

40 miles west of Juneau as the eagle flies and just south of the entrance to Glacier Bay, Icy Strait Point is part of the village of Hoonah, Alaska's largest community of native Tlingits. The town is on the northeast shore of Chicagof Island, the fifth-largest island in the U.S. Chicagof's dense, coastal rainforest of western red cedar and Sitka spruce is part of the enormous Tongass National Forest and home to the world's densest population of brown (grizzly) bears. Offshore, rich schools of fish attract large populations of humpback whales, Orcas, and many other marine mammals.

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HISTORY

Though native peoples have long lived in the area, Hoonah's (Xunaa in Tlingit) history as a settlement began in the 1750s, when the advancing glaciers of the Little Ice Age and a landslide-induced tsunami forced Tlingit clans from their villages in nearby Glacier Bay and Lituya Bay. By the late 1800s the village of 450 had a trading post and a mission school. The new century brought the U.S. Post Office, and in 1912 the commercial cannery that is now preserved as part of Icy Strait Point. After passage of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, natives of Hoonah and Glacier Bay founded Huna Totem Corporation, which now has 1,350 shareholders. The corporation started work on Icy Strait Point in 2001, and the first cruise ships began to call in 2004.

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FACTS

Size: 6.6 sq. mi. (22.5 sq. km.)
Climate: Temperate Oceanic Temperatures: 39°F (4°C) to 64°F (18°C)
Population 860 Busy Season Summer
Language: English Money: U.S. Dollar ($)
Time Zone: Alaska (Pacific -1) Transportation: Walking
Phones: Area code 907, dial 911 for emergencies
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