Sailing Guide

Gulf of Alaska

Gulf of Alaska

Characteristics

Description

The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west to the Alexander Archipelago in the east, where Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage are found.

The entire shoreline of the Gulf is a rugged combination of forest, mountain, and a number of tidewater glaciers. Alaska's largest glaciers, the Malaspina Glacier and Bering Glacier spill out onto the coastal lain along the Gulf of Alaska. The coast is also heavily indented, with Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound the two largest connected bodies of water, but also including Yakutat Bay and Cross Sound. Lituya Bay is the site of the largest recorded tsunami in history and is a popular sheltered anchorage for fishing boats.

The Gulf is a great generator of storms. In addition to dumping vast quantities of snow and ice on southern Alaska, resulting in some of the largest concentrations south of the Arctic Circle, many of the storms move south along the coasts of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and as far south as Southern California (primarily during El Nino events). Much of the seasonal rainfall and snowfall in the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern United States comes from the Gulf of Alaska.

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Kodiak harbor

The City of Kodiak is situated on the northeast corner of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, South of Anchorage and east of the Alaska Peninsula. Kodiak is proud to offer a full range of dockage, boat yard and marine services for commercial fishing, cargo, passenger, and ...
16 Dec 15

Yakutat Harbor

Located north of Monti Bay, the small boat harbor is operated by the City and Borough of Yakutat.
Primarily used by smaller commercial fishing boats, the harbor facilities consist of six main floats, a launch ramp and grid.  A seaplane float is located at the end of the ...
16 Dec 15

Sitka Harbor

The City and Borough of Sitka Harbor Department operates and maintains 5 boat harbors to include Crescent Harbor, Sealing Cove Harbor, ANB Harbor, Thomsen Harbor and Eliason Harbor.
Phone: 907-747-3439 Fax: 907-747-6278
All transient vessels are required to register with the ...
17 Dec 15

Port Alexander

Port Alexander is a city at the southeastern corner of Baranof Island in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area.
17 Dec 15

Masset Harbor

Small port.
29 Jul 11

Ucluelet

Small port.
29 Jul 11

French Creek

The French Creek Boat Basin is undergoing breakwater construction (2011~2012) The radar image has been altered if approching from the East. Inside the breawater, temporary buoys have been installed over the old and removed sections. Completion is expected by September 2012 and depths ...
4 Jan 12

Nanaimo

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28 Aug 10

Neah Bay WA

Small port protected by a breakwater.
16 Jun 11

Sekiu

Small port.
26 Jun 11

Spanish Banks

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4 Dec 10

Vancouver

Large harbor.
29 Jul 11

Mill Bay

Mill Bay, British Columbia, is located on the east side of Vancouver Island, about 25 miles north of Victoria. The blue waters of the Saanich Inlet and the majestic mountain views, make the perfect setting for Mill Bay Marina. Close to all the amenities of the city, but quiet and ...
1 Jan 08

Twassen

Not what I want Sea Seek
12 May 15

Esquimalt Naval Base

Naval Base
29 Jul 11

Victoria Fisherman's wharf

Fishing Harbor.
29 Jul 11

Ocean shores

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25 Feb 11

Westhaven Cove Marina

Small port .
16 Jun 11

Port Townsend

Port.
26 Jun 11

Hoodsport

Small port.
28 Jun 11

Nahcotta

Small port.
16 Jun 11

Poulsbo

Small port.
28 Jun 11

Ilwaco

Small port .
5 Jun 11

Silverdale

Small port.
29 Jun 11
Local Area

NE Pacific Ocean

WindsWinds and currents in the Pacific flow predominantly from East to West. Above the equator Pacific Ocean trade winds blow from the northeast. Below the equator they blow from the southeast. By taking advantage of the different (north and south) directions of the east-flowing winds, ...
25 Oct 17

Oregon

1 Jan 70

Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most isolated group of islands in the world. It's a long way to Hawaii from mainland USA with nothing but open sea between. Winter storms can bring about rough seas and cyclones are a threat in late summer.
Fully serviced marinas are at Honolulu and KoOlina ...
4 Dec 15

California

virtual dive
25 Aug 19
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