Kake Marina Repaired! July 10, 2013
24 July 2013 | posted at Craig
Photo: Kake Marina
We were discussing whether to stop at Kake on our way out to Chatham Strait when I got out a cantelope to cut for breakfast. Although we’d bought it just a few days ago in Juneau, it was so moldy we had to throw it away. I looked through our other produce and discovered a zucchini in the same state. A stop in Kake to refill our produce locker would be a good idea.
We had visited Kake twice before, in 2007 and 2008. Although we liked the town and found the people friendly and helpful (see Glaciers, Bears and Totems), the state of the marina was not only deplorable but hazardous. Many floats were canted at 30 degrees and those that were level were piled high with trash: cans of paint, discarded batteries and old fish nets. I expected the same in 2013.
But I was pleasantly surprised. We rounded the breakwater and there ahead of us was a row of empty slips with level docks labeled “T” for transient.” We tied up Osprey without problems and walked around. All the docks had been repaired and although a few cans of paint and the occasional fish net were still visible, it was nothing like it had been. Even the ramp was new, and covered with that ubiquitous Alaska blue material found in many Alaska marinas.
The people were still as friendly and helpful. We got rides to and from the store without having to wait. And we were lucky; the produce had been delivered on Tuesday and this was only Thursday. I would definitely recommend the Kake Marina.