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Bay of Pillars, AK

Bay of Pillars is beautiful but perhaps less dramatic than its name implies. Enter between Point Ellis and the extensive reefs that lie north of Point Ellis. Several anchorages are available.

The first anchorage, behind four small islands, offers good protection from most summer weather. Holding is somewhat variable in 40-70 feet. This is a spacious anchorage with acres of swinging room.

A large, shallow bay indents the southeastern shore. Anchorage here is good, too, in 15-40 feet. Use caution in the eastern half of the bay where depths are shallow.

The inner bay is accessed through a narrow channel with currents that run to at least 5 knots. We recommend visiting by dinghy before attempting to take a cruising boat through. If anchored outside, exploring the inner basins is an excellent exploration. We’ve seen bears on the beaches and “Honeymoon Basin”, the bay that juts southward, is beautiful.

Lat/Lon: {56.60202049999999,-134.248761}


Anchorage/Holding: Good
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: No
Protection: Good
Public/Private: Public
Fee: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Electric: None
Garbage: No
Pumpout: No
Maintenance: No
Groceries: No
Laundry: No
Liquor: No
Transportation: No
Cell Service: None
WiFI: No

A large private home is at the old cannery site on the south shore near the entrance. No public facilities available.

Slowboat Tips and Activities

Explore the cannery ruins and inner basin.

Entry/Exit Hazards

Attempt entering the inner basin only after reconnoitering by dinghy first. Currents run strongly and depths are variable and shallow in places.

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Last update of this page: Sep 8, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: July 12, 2019

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