Cold Bay | (CBY) | kohld bei
"Regional Center for Air Transportation on the Alaska Peninsula"
The community of Cold Bay serves as an important regional transportation hub and as the gateway to the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. It is located 58 nautical miles from False Pass, 25 nautical miles from King Cove, and 454 nautical miles from Homer. Cold Bay has limited visitor services that include lodging and tour operators that will take you into the refuge.
- Home to Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and two active volcanoes that provide a spectacular backdrop to the area.
- Izembeck Lagoon offers the world's largest eelgrass beds, providing feeding grounds for more than 100,000 Pacific black brant during their spring and fall migrations.
- When the salmon are running, brown bear densities in the refuge can be among the highest in Alaska, with as many as six bears per mile along some streams.
- Archeological sites dating to the last ice age indicate the surrounding area was once inhabited by a large Native population.
- Cold Bay was originally built to serve as an Air Force station during World War II.
Cold Bay is located on the Aleutian Chain ferry route which provides service from Homer to Unalaska every other week from May through September. It takes two and a half days to travel between Cold Bay and Homer. It is only a two-hour ferry ride to get to the nearby community of King Cove or four hours and fifteen minutes to get to False Pass. Visitors can stay in Cold Bay for two days to explore the community, and then catch the ferry on its way back to Homer. Explore this community on a 9 Day Aleutian Islands Adventure.