Kasegaluk Lagoon, Point Lay

Kasegaluk Lagoon is separated from the Chukchi Sea by a series of long, thin barrier islands that stretch south and north-east from the town of Point Lay to Icy Cape. There are seven passes through these barrier islands. The lagoon receives the waters from the Kukpowruk, Kokolik, and Utukok Rivers. The lagoon's Inuit name means "spotted seal place" or "having spotted seal." The village of Point Lay was originally on a barrier island but moved to the mainland near the mouth of the Kokolik River in the 1970s. The village has an annual hunt of Beluga Whales within the Kasegaluk Lagoon. Point Lay was part of the Distant Early Warning Line radars, a system of defensive installations active during the Cold War. The DEW station was decommissioned during the 1990s, and the radar dishes were removed between 2004 and 2006. Learn more about Point Lay here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Kasegaluk Lagoon.