During the 18th and 19th centuries, English, French, Spanish and Russian explorers visited the region. The Russian-American Company built a fort in Yakutat in the 1790’s.

1790

1867

The Stimson Lumber Company built a cannery, sawmill, store and a railroad for fish access early in 1903. The 12-mile railroad was the only railroad in the U.S. built to carry raw fish.

During WWII, the US moved in nearly 10,000 troops to protect Yakutat. The airfield and huge hangers remain in use today as the commercial Yakutat airport.

1941

2007

In 2007, the Leonard's Landing Lodge building caught fire. It was the biggest fire to hit the small Southeast fishing village in recent years.

Leonard’s Landing Lodge is known for waterfront cabins with fully equipped kitchens. Lodging available for individuals, families and groups!

2020

Yakutat

Yakutat is an outdoor paradise!

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Yakutat is an outdoorsman’s dream. The Tlingit name for Yakutat - Yaakwdáat means “The place where canoes rest”. There are rivers, bays, open ocean, and lakes to fish, mountains to climb, and trails to hike. Yakutat is filled with wildlife, lush green forest, and more. You can explore the rich and diverse landscape of Yakutat in many ways, whether it be by boat, car, or plane. The remote Alaskan village supports a population of around 600 people, and is one of the more accessible remote areas in Southeast Alaska with a small airport and access by ferry for part of the year. The residents appreciate your support of local businesses, so buy your groceries, souvenirs, and keepsakes in town at one of the local vendors. You can learn more about these businesses by clicking the links below.

Local Businesses

  • Alaska Commercial Company

    Groceries including fresh produce, deli including hot foods, & breakfast. Ammunition, tackle, stove fuel, raingear/boots, some clothing, & hardware. You can order ahead of your arrival and they will deliver to your cabin.
  • Mallott’s General Store

    Groceries including a wide selection of fresh produce, frozen meat, and some bulk foods. Mallott’s also carries ammunition and a good selection of over-the-counter medications, plus coffee barista services and fresh donuts. Call to pre-order and they can have your food ready for pickup.
  • Yakutat Hardware

    A wide selection of fishing tackle, raingear, boots, and bear spray (this is your best value for bear spray as it is extremely expensive to have it shipped in as a hazmat, as well as difficult to facilitate), plus more hardware than you would ever expect in this rural village. Ifyou call the hardware store ahead to buy bear spray, it can be waiting for you when you check in at the lodge.
  • Icy Waves Surf Shop

    Buy or rent surfing gear and purchase “The Far North Shore” apparel at the local Yakutat surf shop.
  • Jennie’s Gift Shop

    Hand-made gifts by Jennie Wheeler and other local Alaska natives. 907-784-3338
  • Glass Door Bar

    This local establishment is not only a bar, but also has a package store where you can buy beer, wine, and alcohol.
  • Glacier Bear Restaurant

    Full service restaurant and bar with an emphasis on local seafood.
  • Yakutat Lodge Restaurant

    Full service dining room near Yakutat Airport.