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Passage Island was named in 1786 by Captain Portlock. The island was at the entrance of what was mistakenly thought to be a strait leading out to sea. Coal Cove, just North of Passage Island, is on the mainland on the South side of Cook Inlet, just outside of Kachemak Bay.
In the early 1900s, John Herbert established a fox farm on Passage Island for the fur trade. The foxes were fed local fish and marine mammals and ran loose around the island until they were ready to give birth. About a decade later, John retired, and the island became a mink ranch. An average pelt sold for eight dollars; when it closed, the owner sold off practically everything. Since then, the island has been virtually untouched.
Passage Island, located 22 nautical miles southwest of the Homer Spit, measures just over 44± acres with nearly 7,000± feet of water frontage. Reachable by float plane, boat, or helicopter at low tide, this private island offers a one-of-a-kind Alaska landowner experience.
Coal Cove, located 20 nautical miles southwest of Homer Spit, measures just under 80± acres with nearly 1,500± linear feet of water frontage. Reachable by float plane, boat, or helicopter, this private holding is densely covered in 350± year-old spruce trees. The bank from the beach climbs from just a few feet to 120 feet tall at the beautiful Coal Cove Point.
Located in the protected inlet of Port Graham, Passage Island is surrounded by miles and miles of beaches and pristine blue water. Spruce trees populate 95% of the island and are estimated to be 350± years old. The estimated timber volume is approximately 15-25 thousand board feet (MBF) per acre. At low tide, the water depth on the east and west side of the island is between 70 feet and 100 feet, just 150-200 feet off the beach. The pebble beach is easily accessible on the island’s west side.
Passage island offers scenic hiking, pebble beaches, 360-degree panoramic views, world-class fishing, beachcombing, rock climbing, and caves to explore. This private island is suitable for a deep-water dock or moorage. If you are an angler, fish off the island for salmon, halibut, rockfish, and lingcod, or head out to sea and experience the thrill of deep-water offshore fishing. Coal Cove timber volume and age are similar to Passage Island.
Build an off-grid home, lodge, or family retreat, and wake up to picturesque mountain views while whales, otters, and eagles visit you at your doorstep.