Port Valdez

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 61 ° 6' 20" N, 146 ° 30' 7" W
  • Region: Valdez-Cordova (CA)
  • Nearest City: Valdez
  • Parent: Valdez Narrows

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Getting There
Get to Valdez.

About
trends NE of Valdez Arm Chugach Mts. 13 miles long.
Port Valdez is a glacier carved fjord that runs almost exactly east-west, in to the Chugach Mountains. The town of Valdez sits on its north shore while the Alyeska Marine Terminal resides on the south shore.

In May as many ten humpback whales have been counted entering Port Valdez, other years none. Dall's porpoise may occasionally enter Port Valdez. While seals, sea lions, and sea otters are year round residents of Port Valdez.

In June-July Port Valdez can be pack with seiners catching pink salmon.

History
Named on June 16, 1790 by Don Salvador Fidalgo for the celebrated Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdes y Basan. Having been adopted by Captain Vancouver, the name came into local use (Wagner, 1937, p. 420).

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