The north end of Woody Island is a 112 acre State Recreation Site. The remainder of the thirteen mile circumference island is privately owned. Woody Island was home for centuries to the Alutiiq people, who fished and hunted there before the Russians established their own agricultural colony. Life resurged in the late 1800s with a Baptist Orphanage and a small town on the island. Woody Island has also has served as a staging ground for military communications during World War II. Now, all that’s left is a small Christian summer camp run by the American Baptists. (excerpt from the Kodiak Military History Museum website).
Woody Island is located in Chiniak Bay, 2.6 miles east of Kodiak. For further information on the history of Woody Island, visit the Kodiak Military History Museum website: Kodiak Military History Museum website.
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Notice: Private lands adjacent to the State Recreation Site may require special permits to access. If you plan to enter these areas, contact the appropriate native corporation or private landowner in advance. Woody Island Land status map