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Port Valdez

Quick Facts

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Location

61 ° 6' 20" N,
146 ° 30' 7" W

Region

Valdez

Nearest City

Valdez

Length

13 mi (20.92 km)

Uses

Boating, Fishing, Kayaking, Motor Boating, Open Water Kayaking, Sailing

Port Valdez in Detail.

Getting There

Get to Valdez.

About

Port Valdez is a 13 mile long, 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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Related Places
Solomon Gulch,
Places Near Port Valdez
Bars:

Sawmill Spit,

Basins:

Gumboot Basin, Uno Basin,

Bays:

Anderson Bay, Galena Bay, Jack Bay, The Lagoon, Port Valdez, Shoup Bay, Virgin Bay,

Capes:

Entrance Point, Jackson Point, Potato Point, Tongue Point,

Channels:

The Narrows, Valdez Narrows,

Cities:

Valdez,

Dams:

Ellamar Dam Number 1, Ellamar Dam Number 2, Solomon Gulch Dam A, Solomon Gulch Dam B, Solomon Lake Dam,

Flats:

Duck Flats,

Glaciers:

Annin Glacier, Johnson Glacier, Mineral Creek Glacier, Shoup Glacier, Westbrook Glacier,

Routes:

Wowie Zowie,

Islands:

Ammunition Island, Entrance Island, Middle Rock, Mineral Creek Islands,

Lakes:

Allison Lake, Millard Lake, Silver Lake, Solomon Gulch Lake, Solomon Lake, Turner Lake,

Locales:

Area 51, Cabell Chute, Chuck Chute, Chuck Junior, Jago Chute, Lucky 13, Runner's Delight, Sentinel, Sheepshead Chute,

Mountains:

Mount Cameron, Mount Denson, Ellamar Mountain, Mount Kate, Mount Hogan, Mummy Mountain, Mount Shasta, Mount Thomas,

Parks:

Jack Bay State Marine Park, Shoup Bay State Marine Park,

Peaks:

Benzene, Snow Dome,

Rivers:

Duck River,

Streams:

Allison Creek, Big Creek, Brevier Creek, Copper Creek, Crooked Creek, Dayville Creek, East Fork Mineral Creek, Glacier Creek, Gladhaugh Creek, Gold Creek, Horsetail Creek, Indian Creek, Johnson Creek, McAllister Creek, Millard Creek, Mineral Creek, Palmer Creek, Salmon Creek, Sawmill Creek, Uno Creek, Wood Creek,

Routes:

Area 51 Access Trail, Dock Point Trail, High School Hill, High School Hill to Summit Trail, High School Hill Water Tower Trail, Homestead Trail, Jack Bay Island Trail, John Hunter Memorial Trail, Mineral Creek East Trail, Mineral Creek Stamp Mill Trail, Mineral Creek West Trail, Shoup Bay Trail, Solomon Gulch Valdez Overlook Spur, Valdez Bike Path, Valdez Overlook Trail,

Valleys:

Solomon Gulch, Vesuvius Valley,

Cities:

Ellamar,