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False-Pass is a tiny fishing village located at the eastern end of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35 residents. The town includes the abandoned villages of Morzhovoi and Ikatan. The only way to reach False Pass is by aircraft or boat. The Alaska Marine Highway, which is a ferry service operated by the Alaskan government, makes a regular stop in False Pass. Known simply as "The Pass" by people in southwest Alaska, the community is supported by fishing for salmon, cod, halibut and crab, as it has been for decades. Located on the main waterway in the region, thousands of boats travel through False Pass each year. The town got its' name from early American sailing ship captains because the Bering Sea side of the strait is extremely shallow and impassable for large vessels. False Pass was originally settled in the early 1900s and it grew after the establishment of a cannery in 1917. Today, the village consists mainly of a salmon cannery, boat docks, a post office, school, clinic and city office building. The Aleutian Islands are wild and remote, beautiful in their stark natural habitat, but not the place to come for the "normal" busy vacation experience of shopping, dining, etc. The village of False Pass is 646 air miles southwest of Anchorage.

Surrounding areas: Aleutian Islands, Alaska (24.8 mi), Cold Bay, Alaska (36.9 mi)

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False Pass Weather & Climate

The Aleutian Islands have a subpolar oceanic climate. This is the southernmost point in the state of Alaska. A subpolar oceanic climate is characterized by persistently overcast skies, moderate temperatures, high winds, and frequent cyclonic storms. Average temperatures range from 20 to 60 degrees F., but wind chill factors often make it feel frigid. Winter squalls produce wind gusts of up 120 miles per hour. Summer weather is much cooler here than in southeast Alaska, and summer fog is persistent. The islands in this part of southern Alaska receive abundant rainfall, with 263 rainy days per year. Average accumulated snowfall is 100 inches, although snow tends to melt soon after falling.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 23°F 3.08 in. -
February 32°F 22°F 2.59 in. -
March 35°F 24°F 2.48 in. -
April 38°F 28°F 2.30 in. -
May 44°F 34°F 2.65 in. -
June 50°F 41°F 2.89 in. -
July 55°F 46°F 2.53 in. -
August 56°F 47°F 3.59 in. -
September 52°F 43°F 4.51 in. -
October 45°F 35°F 4.54 in. -
November 39°F 29°F 4.79 in. -
December 35°F 26°F 4.33 in. -

False Pass Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cold Bay airport (CDB) located about 36 miles northeast of False Pass in Cold Bay, Alaska.

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