Kake, about 4.4 miles SE of Point Macartney, is a community with three stores, a lodge, and an Alaska Public Health Center with a nurse in attendance every other month. A lighted microwave tower at Kake is prominent from the strait. Reefs, marked by a light and a buoy on their outer edges, and extensive flats, also marked by a buoy, extend 600 yards offshore and about 0.9 mile SE of Kake, respectively. A fish weir, marked by a private seasonal light, is about 250 yards NW of the cannery pier.
Routes: The best approach to Kake Harbor is from the NW on a SE course from between Point White and the light about 1.1 miles to the SSW. The approach to the City Pier is marked by a light and a daybeacon. If bound for the piers 1 to 1.5 miles SE of Kake, pass SWof the buoys marking the reefs off the village and the flats SE of it; when clear and S of the southeasternmost buoy, head for the piers, taking care to avoid the tidal flats to the N and the reef marked by a light about 0.3 mile SSW of the Alaska State Ferry Terminal (56°57.7'N., 133°55.1'W.). A landing on either side can be made at the cannery pier.
Small craft coming from the W usually pass 100 yards off Payne Island, the northernmost of the Keku Islands, and head for Kake Harbor Light on Grave Island, course 088°, until within 0.5 mile of it, and then pass N of the light. Small fishing vessels approaching Kake and the cannery from the S often pass through the reef N of Hamilton Island. The channel is marked by daybeacons but may be dangerous and should only be attempted with local knowledge, preferably on a rising tide.
Wharves: Kake has three commercial wharves and small-craft floats.
The City Pier (56°58'21"N., 133°56'44"W.): SE end of Kake; 67-foot (20.4 m) face; 9 feet (2.7 m) reported alongside; mooring vessels and landing of seaplanes; owned by the State of Alaska and City of Kake; operated by the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and City of Kake.
Kake Tribal Fuel Company Pier (56°57'45"N., 133°55'29"W.): about 1 mile SE of Kake; 160 feet (48.8 m) berthing space; 15 feet (4.6 m) alongside; fueling small vessels; owned and operated by the Kake Tribal Fuel Company.
Kake Foods Dock (56°57'47"N., 133°55'33"W.): about 70 yards NE of Kake Tribal Fuel Company Pier; 74-foot (22.6 m) face; 25 feet (7.6 m) reported alongside; deck height, 23 feet (7.0 m); receipt of seafood; owned by Kake Tribal Corporation.
Public Cargo Wharf (56°57'44"N., 133°55'24"W.): about 50 yards SW of Kake Tribal Fuel Company Pier; 300-foot (91.4 m) face, 50 feet (15.2 m) each side; 15 feet (4.6 m) alongside; deck height, 30 feet (9.1 m); receipt and shipment of conventional and containerized general cargo, and receipt of petroleum products; one 27-ton and one 4-ton forklift; owned and operated by City of Kake, Alaska Marine Lines and Kake Tribal Fuel Company.
Alaska State Ferry Terminal (56°57'39"N., 133°55'17"W.): 350 feet (107 m) with dolphins; steel
transfer bridge; passengers and vehicles; owned and operated by the State of Alaska.
Limited amounts of provisions can be had at Kake. Gasoline, diesel fuel, oils, and greases are available at the Kake Tribal Fuel Company Pier, and by truck to the other piers. Water is available year-round at the fuel pier and seasonally at the cold storage dock.
A 72-foot grid is on the S side of the approach of the City Pier. An 80-foot grid is on the E side of approach of the floats in Portage Bay.
A small-craft and seaplane float branches NW from the approach of the City Pier. City-maintained floats with 30- to 48-foot stalls, provides berthing for approximately 140 vessels, are connected to shore by a 307-foot approach pier and extends into Portage Bay, about 2.3 miles SE of Kake. In 2002, 5 to 15 feet was reported alongside the float, but caution should be exercised during periods of extreme spring tides that sometimes reach minus 4 feet. A light and a daybeacon mark the approach from the N. An L-shaped floating breakwater is W of the floats The S end of the breakwater is marked by a light.
The Alaska Ferry System runs twice weekly during the summer to Petersburg and Sitka. Daily seaplane service with Juneau, Petersburg, and Sitka is available. Telephone and radiotelephone communications aremaintained.