in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
- Area Type
- Place of Interest
- Current Population
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
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Fisheries Participation and Earnings
- Number of Commercial Fishing Permit Holders
- Number of Commercial Fishing Permits Issued
- CDQ Participant
- CQE Eligible
- CQE Participant
- Halibut, Note
- Community has permit holders in this fishery but data is suppressed; three or fewer permit holders participated in one or more of the fisheries.
- Salmon, Estimated Earnings ($)
- Salmon, Total Landed (Lbs.)
- All Fisheries, Estimated Earnings ($)
- All Fisheries, Total Landed (Lbs.)
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Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- Halibut Cove is in the Kachemak Bay State Park on the Kenai Peninsula. It lies on the south shore of Kachemak Bay, 12 miles across the inlet from the Homer Spit.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- Winter temperatures range from 14 to 27 °F; summer temperatures vary from 45 to 65 °F. Average annual precipitation is 24 inches.
History and Culture
- The cove was named by W.H. Dall of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1880. Between 1911 and 1928, Halibut Cove had 42 herring salteries and a population of over 1,000, according to one resident. From 1928 to 1975, the population stayed around 40, mostly fishermen.
- Halibut Cove residents include many artists. Paintings, prints, pottery, and batiks are produced and sold locally. There is a local community association. The summer population grows to around 160.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- There is no road access to Halibut Cove. Boats and float planes are the primary means of transportation. Kachemak Bay Ferry Service provides transportation from Homer.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection