We use the camp to support the Namorada, a commercial fishing vessel under charter to one of the Canneries. We transport fish for the cannery during June and July.
In late June, the impending sockeye run causes commercial fishermen
who are kind of normal for ten months a year to lose their sanity. Other
life forms have problems too. Seals, beluga whales, eagles, seagulls, a
few bears, all await the fish. Waiting, greedy, hungry. Sport fishermen fill the lodges up river. It’s a unique experience to catch the fever, obviously very contagious. South Naknek has several historic and very fascinating abandoned canneries and one facility that supports a few fishing boats.
The Pit, the only bar in down, has a sign saying Sorry were Open!, . My deckhands
used to see how long it would take to get thrown out of the Pit for underage
drinking, but last winter the establishment closed and took its liquor license to
the North side
Ah, the North side! Lots of action over there!. 120 year old Canneries and modern canneries. Deckhands, welders, mechanics, cannery workers from all the world, a bar scene, a museum, three restaurants, an airport served by Alaska Airlines jets and a police department to keep a lid on things. In June and July it is crazy busy. Its' not to be missed, but at the end of the day, it feels great to get back to the South side
South Naknek is more to our liking.
We have a library, a clinic , a community greenhouse, a public works dept caring for 10 miles of road, a Lutheran church and a landfill often frequented by bears. For a town of 29 winter residents, that’s