Ouzinkie is a second class city in the Kodiak Island Borough.  Ouzinkie is located on the west coast of Spruce Island, adjacent to Kodiak Island. It lies northwest of the City of Kodiak and 247 air miles southwest of Anchorage.

Ouzinkie started as a retirement community for the Russian American Company. The Russians referred to the settlement in 1849 as "Uzenkiy," meaning "village of Russians and Creoles." In 1889, the Royal Packing Company constructed a cannery at Ouzinkie. Shortly afterward, the American Packing Company built another. In 1890 a Russian Orthodox church was built, and in 1927 a post office was established. Cattle-ranching was popular in the early 1900s. In 1964, the Good Friday Earthquake and resulting tsunami destroyed the Ouzinkie Packing Company cannery. Following the disaster, Columbia Ward bought the remains and rebuilt the store and dock but not the cannery. The city government was incorporated in 1967. In the late 1960s, the Ouzinkie Seafoods cannery was constructed. The operation was sold to Glacier Bay and burned down in 1976 shortly after the sale. No canneries have operated since.

Ouzinkie is an Alutiiq village. Commercial fishing and subsistence activities support the community.

Government: Ouzinkie was incorporated in 1967 and maintains a mayoral form of government.  Regular elections are held the first Tuesday in October. Mayor: Dan Clarion

Infrastructure:

  • The village is accessible by air and water.
  • There is a state-owned 2,085' long by 80' wide gravel airstrip and a float plane landing area at Ouzinkie Harbor.
  • Facilities include a breakwater, small boat harbor, and dock.
  • Barges provide cargo delivery from Seattle and Kodiak.

Education: The Ouzinkie School is a member of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. The school currently enrolls 43 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, guided by five teachers. Superintendent: Stewart McDonald

 

Contacts:

City of Ouzinkie

P.O. Box 109

Ouzinkie, AK 99644-0109

Mayor - Dan Clarion

(907) 680-2209

 

Ouzinkie Native Corporation

P.O. Box 89

Ouzinkie, AK 99644

President/CEO - Dave Stephens

(907) 680-2208

 

Ouzinkie Tribal Council

P.O. Box 130

Ouzinkie, AK 99644

President - Melody Chichenoff

(907) 680-2259

 

Utilities:

City of Ouzinkie - Electric

P.O. Box 109

Ouzinkie, AK 99644

City Clerk - Linda Getz

(907) 680-2209

 

Projects:

Download a listing of projects submitted by the City of Ouzinkie for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Download Ouzinkie Projects List