Located on USGS Yakutat B-5 map.
History: Tlingit Indian village; the principal winter village of
the Yakutats, a subtribe of the Tlingits, reported by Ivan Petroff
in the 1880 Census. Its population was 500 in 1880, 300 in 1890, 271
in 1910; 165 in 1920; 265 in 1930; 292 in 1939, and 298 in 1950. The
Yakitat post office was established in 1892 and discontinued in
1895. It was reestablished as "Yakutat" in 1901 (Ricks, 1965, p.
72). Description: population 230, on W end of Monti Bay, 210 mi. NW
of Juneau, Malaspina Coastal Plain.
According to Wikipedia:
Yakutat City and Borough is a unified city-borough in the U.S. state
of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population was 808. The name
is Tlingit, YaakwdŠat, meaning "the place where canoes rest," but it
may originally derive from an Eyak name which has been lost. Besides
the original city of Yakutat, described below, the only other
significant population center in the borough is the community of Icy
Bay, the site of the Icy Bay Airport, in the west-central part of
the borough. Yakutat City is the largest city in the United States
by area, and the eighth largest city in the world by area.
Touristy Description: Hang ten, dude! Alaska has more coastline than
any other state in the country, but the last thing most people
associate with it is surfing. Not any more. As a result of a Surfer
magazine cover story on surfing in Alaska, the state’s first surf
shop opened in Yakutat in 1999. That caught the attention of other
national media and suddenly this small, isolated town, up to that
point known only for big steelhead and a big glacier, was ‘Surf City
Isolated on the strand that connects the Inside
Passage to the rest of Alaska, Yakutat is now something of a tourist
destination. Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in the
world, is a mere is 30 miles away. The 76-mile-long glacier captured
national attention by galloping across Russell Fjord in the
mid-1980s, turning the long inlet into a lake. Eventually Hubbard
receded to reopen the fjord, but the glacier did it again in 2002
and came close in 2008. The eight-mile-wide glacier is easily
Alaska's most active. The entire area, part of the 545-square-mile
Russell Fjord Wilderness, is one of the most interesting places in
Alaska and usually visited through flightseeing or boat tours.
Life in Yakutat is rich with the culture of the Native people of
the area. Here the elders share their knowledge and wisdom through
storytelling in the local community gathering place. Hear their
story and see the traditional dress regalia of the Tlingit people.
For fishermen, there are 12 U.S. Forest Service cabins. Many are
near rivers and lakes that are renowned, even by Alaska standards,
among sport fishers for their trophy salmon, steelhead trout and
Dolly Varden. The Situk River, 12 miles south of town by road, is
often rated as one of Alaska's top fishing spots. The U.S. Forest
Service Yakutat Ranger District Office (907-784-3359) can provide
information on seasons, rivers, cabin rentals and local fishing