We are a small, healthy rural community that is a safe place to live, where our children enjoy growing, learning, and want to stay. We enjoy the peace and challenges of our beautiful, clean environment; while maintaining a subsistence lifestyle, balanced with the modern changing world. We take pride in our history and culture, sound economic infrastructures, resources, and education. We are a community where families and friendships flourish through caring, trust, and mutual respect.
Our village is located in Settlers Cove, near the mouth of Kizhuyak Bay on the north coast of Kodiak Island at approximately 57 degrees, 52 minutes north; 157 degrees 53 minutes west. We are located approximately 19 air miles west of Kodiak and 349 air miles southwest of Anchorage. Our village is contained within the boundaries of Koniag Regional Corporation and the Kodiak Island Borough. Port Lions is only accessible by air and water; there are no roads connecting the village with any other village in the area.
The City owned docking facilities enable residents to use fishing boats and other types of vessels for transportation. The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Tustumena, Provides Services to the village twice a week, a 2,600-foot gravel airstrip is located approximately 1.5 miles north of the village. Seaplanes can land on the sheltered waters of Settlers Cove, in front of the main town site.
The climate of Port Lions, located within the Kodiak Archipelago, is dominated by a strong marine influence. Temperatures remain within a range of 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, with an Annual precipitation
of 54 inches, and roughly 75 inches of snowfall. The prevailing wind direction is northeasterly; and strong gust of 50+ knots being recorded in every month of the year, but occur most frequently in the winter months. In the winter there is alternative freezing weather and precipitation, with severe storms commonly occurring from December through February. Summers are characterized by moderate precipitation, frequent cloud cover, occasional fog, and cool to warm temperatures.
Humor and Faith
Strong infrastructure and resources
Important local education, jobs, training programs and economic opportunities
Good, strong working relationships
Maintain good health
Community Caring, trust and respect
Maintain rural status and accessibility
Beautiful, healthy, clean environment
Traditional way of life while encouraging progress
Pride in our culture, heritage, history and language
The Native Village of Port Lions (NVOPL), is a federally recognized Tribe, and was Established in August of 1978 with a base roll of 225 members. Tribal Membership has grown steadily and is currently over 400. The Port Lions Traditional Tribal Council (PLTTC) is one of the governing bodies of the village. Services provided for the Tribal Members and our community include: Health, Education/Pre-School, Child Protection, Alutiiq Dance, Traditional Arts-n-Crafts, Welfare Assistance, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Transportation, Family Activities and Recreation, Senior Citizens Meals, Fuel Services, Scholarships, and Burial Assistance.