Chenega Bay | (CHB) | chuh nee' guh bei
"Beneath the Mountain"
The South Central community of Chenega Bay lies on the eastern shore of Evans Island in Crab Bay, 67 nautical miles southeast of Whittier in Prince William Sound. Although this small village does not have visitor services, there is a newly built and operating Medical clinic, a Russian Orthodox Church, a school, a community hall, a subsistence center, an airport, and a small boat harbor.
- An Alutiiq community practicing a subsistence and commercial fishing lifestyle.
- A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community- the Native Village of Chenega (AKA Chanega).
- The people of the Chenega Tribe have lived in the area of Prince William Sound for over 10,000 years.
- The 1964 earthquake destroyed the village, washing away centuries of history.
- The remaining residents were relocated to Anchorage, Tatitlek and Cordova until 1984 when a group of former villagers established the village of Chenega Bay on Evan's Island.
The community of Chenega Bay receives ferry service once a week from May through September. The MV Kennicott provides service en route between Whittier and Kodiak. Chenega Bay is four and a half hours by ferry from Whittier, and fourteen hours to Kodiak. The 2,700 mile coastline of Prince William Sound is ringed by the coastal mountains of the Chugach Range and situated in the midst of the Chugah National Forest. Explore this community on the 7 Day West Gulf Coast Voyager itinerary.