City of Pilot Point

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(Population 76)

Pilot Point is located on the northern coast of the Alaska Peninsula, on the east shore of Ugashik Bay. The community lies 84 air miles south of King Salmon and 368 air miles southwest of Anchorage.  Pilot Point is accessible by air and water. A State-owned 3,280' long by 75' wide gravel airstrip is available.  Regularly scheduled and charter flights are available from King Salmon.  Dago Creek serves as a natural harbor; a dock is available. Modes of local transport include ATVs, snow machines, skiffs and trucks.

This mixed Aleut and Eskimo community developed around a fish salting plant established by C.A. Johnson in 1889. At that time, it was called "Pilot Station," after the river pilots stationed here to guide boats upriver to a large cannery at Ugashik. In 1892, Charles Nelson opened a saltery which was sold to the Alaska Packer's Association in 1895. The saltery continued to expand, and by 1918, developed into a three-line cannery. Many nationalities came to work in the canneries - Italians, Chinese and northern Europeans. Reindeer herding experiments at Ugashik helped to repopulate the area after the devastating 1918 flu epidemic, although the herding eventually failed. A Russian Orthodox Church and a Seventh Day Adventist Church were built in the village. A post office was established in 1933, and the name was changed to Pilot Point at that time.  Today, the community is primarily of Alutiiq ancestry, with Yup'ik Eskimos, and practices a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.

The Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge is accessible from here by plane or skiff up the Ugashik River.  The Alaska Peninsula Refuge offers a variety of recreational opportunities including sport fishing and hunting, flightseeing, wildlife viewing, hiking, backpacking, boating and camping. Refuge lands are remote and accessible only by small aircraft, boat or rugged cross country hiking. There are no roads or maintained trails. 

Lodges, Inn's, B&B and Hotels located in the City of Pilot Point:

Blue Mountain Lodge

Reynolds Expeditions

Tundra Loon Club