Cape Yakataga, Alaska

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Cape Yakataga is a community in the City and Borough of Yakutat of the U.S. state of Alaska.[1] Also known as Yakataga,[2] its coordinates are 60°03′59″N 142°25′51″W / 60.06639°N 142.43083°W / 60.06639; -142.43083Coordinates: 60°03′59″N 142°25′51″W / 60.06639°N 142.43083°W / 60.06639; -142.43083 and its elevation is 20 feet (6 m).[1]

Yakataga is a Native American name meaning "canoe road", a reference to two reefs which form a canoe passage to the village. A United States Post Office was established at Cape Yakataga in 1935.[1]

Cape Yakataga is served by the Yakataga Airport, which until 2012 had scheduled passenger service subsidized by the U.S. Essential Air Service program. Air service was withdrawn when, in consultation with the United States Department of Labor and examination of State of Alaska Permanent Fund Division records, it was determined that the location no longer had permanent residents.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

Yakataga appeared once on the 1960 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It is now located within the City and Borough of Yakutat.


  1. ^ a b c "Feature Detail Report for: Cape Yakataga (populated place)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981.
  2. ^ Orth, Donald J. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names. Washington, DC: GPO, 1967.
  3. ^ "Order 2012-12-3". U.S. Department of Transportation. December 11, 2012. suspending the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy eligibility of Cape Yakataga, Alaska, and setting final subsidy rates for Alsek Air’s provision of EAS at Cape Yakataga, for the period from November 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013, or until the carrier terminates service, whichever comes first (as per State of Alaska, no longer any permanent residents in Cape Yakataga)
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.