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Karluk is a tiny fishing village of less than 50 residents, located on Kodiak Island in southern Alaska. It sits on the west coast of the island, on the Karluk River. It's about 88 air miles southwest of the town of Kodiak and 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. A federally-recognized tribe is located in the village - the Native Village of Karluk; Kodiak Island Inter-Tribal Council. The area around the Karluk River is believed to have been populated by Natives for more than 7,000 years. Thirty-six archaeological sites exist in the Karluk area. Russian hunters established a trading post here in 1786, in the area of Karluk Lagoon. Between 1790 and 1850, many tanneries, salteries, and canneries were established here, and by 1900, Karluk was known for having the largest salmon cannery and the best salmon stream in the world. In the early 1900s, several canneries were constructed by the Alaska Packers Association, but over-fishing of the area forced the canneries to close in the late 1930s. After a severe storm in January 1978, the village council voted to relocate the community to its' present site, which is upstream from where it was previously located. It now sits on the south side of the lagoon. Twenty-three houses were constructed by HUD at the new village site.

Surrounding areas: Larsen Bay, Alaska (17.8 mi)

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Karluk Weather & Climate

The islands off the south-central coast of Alaska, have a sub polar oceanic climate, with long, cold winters and mild summers. Precipitation is heavy year-round, with more rainfall of anyplace in the U.S., except Hilo, Hawaii. The climate on the southern islands is dominated by a strong marine influence. There is little freezing weather, but severe storms are common from December through February. Precipitation is moderate, with an annual average of 35 inches. Cloudy weather and fog are almost constant. Temperatures during the summer range from 60F-80F. Nighttime and early mornings are cooler, from the 40's - 50's. Late August and September temperatures are slightly cooler, and slightly fewer hours of sunlight. Autumn arrives early at these latitudes.

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Karluk Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kodiak airport (ADQ) located about 73 miles east of Karluk in Kodiak, Alaska.

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