Port Lions is a second-class city within the Kodiak Island Borough. It is located near the mouth of Kizhuyak Bay on the north end of Kodiak Island. The city's mountainous terrain is home to Sitka spruce, cottonwood, birch, alder and willow trees.
The Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 caused a tsunami which nearly destroyed the Afognak Village. In the wake of the destruction, the displaced inhabitants of Afognak established Port Lions in 1966. It is named in honor of the Lions Club, for their support in rebuilding and relocating the village.
Today, the majority of the population are Alutiiq. Most residents of Port Lions lead a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
- The seven-member City Council is elected to staggered, three-year terms of office.
- The mayor is elected to a one-year term by the City Council.
- The Native Village of Port Lions is a federally recognized Tribe.
- The seven-member Port Lions Tribal Council is elected to three-year staggered terms of office by the Tribal membership.
- The Native Village of Port Lions administers a number of federal and state-funded programs and contracts.
- Key community individuals include the City Mayor, City Clerk, Village Public Safety Officer, Port Lions Tribal Council President, Tribal Administrator, CHA & CHR, Harbormaster, Roads Foreman, Water Plant Operator and Head Teacher.
Infrastructure Project Highlights:
- The small boat harbor was newly constructed in 2012 using Federal EDA and State of Alaska Ports & Harbors Funding. Phase 1 of a two phase project boasts heavy duty timber floats, led pedestal lighting and electricity. The facility has moorage for 30-24 ft. vessels, 30-40 ft. stalls, 9-60ft. stalls, 2-63 ft. stalls, and transient moorage for vessel up to 110.ft.
- The City Dock and Ferry Terminal is scheduled to be replaced in 2013. Currently, the 16,000 ft2 Dock receives the Alaska State Ferry M/V Tustumena approximately 7 times per month. The ferry connects Port Lions with the City of Kodiak and mainland Alaska via Homer. Fuel barges and commercial fishing vessels also use this facility.
- Electric power is supplied by the 20-megawatt Terror Lake Hydroelectric facility operated by the Kodiak Electric Association. Ample power is available for new development.
- The Port Lions Health Clinic was newly built in 2008. It is fully equipped with dental offices and exam rooms. Staff consists of 2 to 3 Community Health Practitioners (CHP’s) who are KANA employees. An Ambulance owned and maintained by the City of Port Lions is available. KANA doctors visit bi-monthly and KANA dentists visit 2 to 3 times per year.
Education: The Port Lions School is part of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. 40 students are enrolled in grades K-12. School staff includes 5 full-time certified teachers. Pre-school classes are offered for children ages three to five. Kodiak College offers various courses for college credit in Port Lions throughout the year. The Jessie Wakefield Memorial Library offers free internet and in 2012 will have video conferencing available to residents. Superintendent: Stewart McDonald
City of Port Lions
P.O. Box 110
Port Lions, AK 99550
Mayor - Melvin Squartsoff
215 Mission Rd, Suite 212
Kodiak, AK 99615
President - Greg Hambright
P.O. Box 69
Port Lions, AK 99550
Tribal Administrator - Susan Boskofsky
P.O. Box 787
Kodiak, AK 99615-0787
General Manager - Darron Scott
Download a listing of projects submitted by the City of Port Lions for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.