Edna Bay, Alaska

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Edna Bay is a census-designated place (CDP) on Kosciusko Island in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 49 at the 2000 census.

Edna Bay is one of only two populated towns on Kosciusko Island, the other being Cape Pole, and has both year-round and seasonal residents. Year-round residents are either retired, or work primarily in the fishing and logging industries. Some permanent residents also work seasonally off-island in various industries. Due to the very remote location of Edna Bay and the subsequent difficulty and expense of traveling between Edna Bay and larger S.E. Alaska communities, subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering comprise a large portion of the livelihood activities for residents of Edna Bay. Starting in 2008 Edna Bay will also be home to an Engineering and Software Development company, made possible due to the broadband-internet service brought to the community by the State of Alaska and AT&T.

As of 2007 Edna Bay hosts a combined General Store/Post Office, a non-denominational Christian Church, several Saw-mills, and a Building Contractor. There is a small state-owned marina and float-plane dock which are unattended (self-service). At present there are no licensed inns, motels, hotels, lodges, or restaurants on Kosciusko Island. Visitors to Edna Bay without a local contact would be well advised to bring with them everything needed for remote outdoor survival, although food and a limited selection of non-food supplies can be purchased at the General Store located approx. 3 miles by road from the marina. The General Store and Post Office is open from 2PM to 5PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. Most land in and around Edna Bay is privately held and there are no public camping or day-use facilities. Un-escorted visitors should first check with the local residents before attempting to trespass, camp, or hunt in the area.

Residents of Edna Bay have available to them both land-line telephone and broadband internet. Cellular Phone service in Edna Bay is rare and intermittent. There is one outdoor public phone booth (located on the opposite side of the bay from the marina).

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Geography

Edna Bay is located at 55°58′43″N 133°40′35″W / 55.97861°N 133.67639°W / 55.97861; -133.67639 (55.978539, -133.676356)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 58.8 square miles (152.3 km²), of which, 56.0 square miles (145.0 km²) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²) of it (4.80%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 49 people, 19 households, and 14 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.9 people per square mile (0.3/km²). There were 40 housing units at an average density of 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.92% White, and 4.08% from two or more races.

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