Auke Bay

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Located off the west coast of Mendenhall Penininsula, just northeast of Coglan Island, 16 km (10 mi) northwest of Juneau, Coast Mountains. 3 miles wide.

Getting There

Get to Juneau first. Once in Juneau, you drive up Glacier Highway until you reach Auke Bay.

About

Auke Bay is a popular boat launch to get out on the water around Juneau. It's well protected from the weather. There's a public boat launch. The state ferry system ports in the northern end of Auke Bay.

Naming

Auke Bay was reported spencer and Wright, USGS, in 1906. The name is from the Auk Tlingits, who occupied the north end of Admiralty Island, Douglas Island, and the mainland from Juneau, north to Berners Bay. It is said the Tlingits derived their name from the word "AK!u" meaning "little lake." It was one of the few Tlingit names in this area retained by the local miners.

History
Name reported by Spencer and Wright (1906, pl37), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The name is from the Auk Tlingit Indians, who occupied the north end of Admiralty Island, Douglas Island, and the mainland from Juneau, north to Berners Bay It is said the Indians derived their name from the work "Ak!u" meaning "little lake." It was one of the few Indian names in this area retained by the miners (Dearmond, 1957, p6).

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