Karluk, Alaska

Karluk, Alaska

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official_name = Karluk, Alaska
settlement_type = CDP
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map_caption = Location of Karluk, Alaska

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Alaska
subdivision_type2 = Borough
subdivision_name2 = Kodiak Island
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area_total_km2 = 155.5
area_land_km2 = 149.5
area_water_km2 = 5.9
area_total_sq_mi = 60.0
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area_water_sq_mi = 2.3

population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 27
population_density_km2 = 0.2
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timezone = Alaska (AKST)
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longd = 154 |longm = 21 |longs = 45 |longEW = W

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Karluk is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 27 at the 2000 census.


Karluk is located at coor dms|57|34|41|N|154|21|45|W|city (57.578081, -154.362557)GR|1}

The landscape is charactirised by low-lying mountains cut by rivers and streams. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 60.0 square miles (155.5 km²), of which, 57.7 square miles (149.5 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it (3.82%) is water. 88 air miles from Kodiak City. Elevation is 137 feet.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 27 people, 9 households, and 7 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.5 people per square mile (0.2/km²). There were 24 housing units at an average density of 0.4/sq mi (0.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 0.00% White, 96.30% Native American and 3.70% Asian.

There were 9 households out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 33.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 37.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 125.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,167, and the median income for a family was $19,167. Males had a median income of $0 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,736. There were no families and none of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


While fishing remains very strong in the Karlik region, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's agreement with Koniag Native Corp stipulates a maximum number of fisherman allowed on the stream for king salmon fishing season for guide usage. Non-guided users must draw a permit to fish the river during this time; Fish and Game may also implement seasonal closure of the king salmon fishery.The Karluk River is world famous for its heavy runs of salmon. It has runs of king, sockeye and silver salmon. The king salmon run from late May through the entire month of June. The sockeye salmon also start to run in May and run consistently through mid September. The highlight of the Karluk fishery is the silver salmon run which begins in late August and continues throughout the month of September. There are heavy concentrations of silvers in the river and catches of 15 to 30 salmon per angler per day are recorded on a regular basis. These silvers are large, with many up to 20 pounds. The kings are also good sized ranging from 20 to 40 pounds and some up to 55 pounds.The smaller sockeye are in the 4 to 12 pound range.The end of the Karluk River before it dumps into the ocean is a long tidal lagoon from which a lot of the fishing is done by boat. Anchoring and casting to schools of concentrated fish in the lagoon produces phenomenal results. You can also wade and cast from shore. On the dropping tides great fishing can be had by wading at the mouth of the lagoon. It is really something to see the fish surging in from the sea at this time. At the other end of the lagoon where the Karluk River enters you may wade from pool to pool fishing for salmon and large Dolly Varden up to 10 pounds. The Indian village of Karluk sets along the tidal lagoon and buildings are along both sides.

About Karluk

The very small village is dominated by the beautiful old Russian church that sits on the high bank at the end of the lagoon overlooking the sea. A small air strip is between the church and the village and is were your charter will land when you arrive in Karluk. You can often see bear along the lagoon and occasionally you'll see Sitka deer on the beach. Also on the beach is one remaining cannery building, the last of the many that stretched all along the beach at the mouth of the river.The village is located approximately 1 mile from the airport.You can walk to the community from the airstrip.

External links

Blog entry on Karluk Chapel [http://odiousandpeculiar.blogspot.com/2005/01/odious-wild-rumour-mongering-is-for.html]

Orthodox Church of America [http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-AK-KARAOL Ascension of Our Lord Chapel, Karluk] }

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