It is located on the eastern shore of Unimak Island facing Isanotski Straight to the western tip of the Alaska Peninsula. The shallow waters and the narrowness of the channel caused the village and strait to be called False Pass, because early American sailing ship captains thought it to be impassable for their deep draft vessels at the northern end. However, it is a major throughway between the North Pacific and the Bering Sea for all but the largest vessels.
False Pass is an important refueling stop for Bristol Bay and Bering Sea fishing fleets. Commercial fishing for salmon, cod, halibut and crab continues to be the core of the community’s lifestyle and economy. Bering Pacific and Peter Pan Seafoods process the commercial catch.
In addition to a harbor and two docks, the community offers a state-owned gravel airstrip.
P.O. Box 50, 180 Unimak Drive
False Pass, Alaska 99583
T: (907) 548 – 2319
F: (907) 548 – 2214