Afognak is an unincorporated area in the Kodiak Island Borough. This traditional Alutiiq (Russian-Aleut) village was located on Afognak Bay, on the southwest coast of Afognak Island, north of Kodiak Island.
The village name was derived from Afognak Island and was first reported in 1839 by Sub-Lt. Mikhail Murashev. The Census of 1890 noted a series of settlements along the beach, including Rutkovsky village, where a group of retired employees of the Russian American Company lived. A post office was maintained intermittently from 1888 to 1958. The Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 generated a tsunami that destroyed the village. A new community was constructed on the northeast coast of Kodiak Island, called Port Lions, and the residents of Afognak moved there permanently in December 1964.
There are a few small logging camps and fishing lodges on Afognak Island. A community of Russian Old Believers have also settled on the island at Aleneva.
Governance: Borough Mayor: Jerrol Friend
Infrastructure: Transportation is provided by float plane from Kodiak. Float plane access is found in various areas around the island.
Education: Danger Bay School - INACTIVE
323 Carolyn Street
Kodiak, AK 99615
Tribal Administrator - Melissa Borton