Communities

Halibut Cove, Ismailof Island

Halibut Cove, Ismailof Island

Halibut Cove is a small community lining the shores of The Narrows, a protected waterway separating Ismailof Island and the mainland on the southeast shore of Kachemak Bay. The island was named for Captain Ismailov of the Imperial Russian Navy who explored Alaska in the late 18th century. Starting in 1911, a herring fishery in Halibut Cove started the European settlement and a population boom.