On the beach at Libbyville
I have been busy all of the last week helping out, as an instructor and bear guard, with the science camp for high school students that is hosted each year by the refuge. Last Monday, the first class day for the camp, we walked to Libbyville from Pederson Point on Ralph's Road, north of Naknek. Libbyville is a set-netting site, occupied during salmon season, that was formerly the location of a sizable cannery (as can be seen in archive photos here and here and here). The cannery was started up in the late 19th century and was closed around the middle of the 20th.
Of the cannery almost nothing remains standing. Elements of it have been incorporated into the cabins used by local set-netters, but most of it is buried, being buried, or has washed out to sea. No one, as far as I know, lives there year-round.
Susan and I had to return to Pederson point yesterday morning to look for some keys lost during the walk on Monday. While in the area we walked back up the beach to Libbyville (there are no roads that go there) and took a few photos, which are posted below.
In a few hours I'm catching a floatplane for my third and final trip to Brooks Camp this year, for a stay of about five days. Once back, I hope to put together a post or two with some of the highlights of my time there this summer.
A set-netter's day shelter from this summer's season. In the four days since we had passed it by on Monday it had already been damaged by winds and partially covered by mud eroding from the bluff. I can't imagine it will survive the winter, but I guess that was never the point.
A set-netter's cabin on the bluff above the beach at Libbyville.
The two photos immediately above show how the tundra has already covered much of the cannery. Most of what we see here will in all likelihood either be taken by beachcombers or washed out to sea by storms over the next few years.
The beach and tundra just north of Libbyville.
A "bear board" at the entrance to one of the cabins.
Some of the set-netting cabins at the old cannery sight, many of them utilizing elements of the old cannery for boardwalks, etc..
A stool, made (I believe) from a piston and a tractor or dozer seat, beside the fish-cleaning table at one of the cabins.
On the way back to our car, the Pederson Point Cannery in the background.