The Ugashik Bay Airport is a public, civilian-use airport owned by BLM-Division of Lands. It serves Pilot Point in Alaska, and is located 20 kilometres south-south-west of its central business district. It sits near the Utgashik bay in the Lake and Penunsula Borough of the state, which gives it the name Ugashik Bay Airport.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 180 passenger boardings in the calendar year 2008, 207 in 2009, and 187 in 2010. The airport has one runway designated 12/30 with a gravel surface measuring 5,280 by 125 feet, which has been mainly catering to general aviation flights. Currently, the airport receives and offers a regular passenger service to King Salmon via PenAir. The airport's IATA identifier is UGB, with no ICAO code.
What to see & do
Ugashik Bay Airport is located in Pilot Point, a city in the Lake and Peninsula Borough of Alaska. It is a small community with only 68 permanent settlers, located on a high glacial moraine, which abuts the eastern shore of Ugashik Bay, some 33 kilometres downstream from the village of Ugashik. Apart from fishing though, there are no activities or places to visit to within the city. This is common for most Alaskan cities, especially in the countryside where areas are scarcely populated and there isn't much development so to speak. If you’re after a place to think – then these areas are perfect for you; they're relatively quiet and peaceful and all you have to do is look for a lodging or a place to sleep in. If not, it is better to explore the main areas of Alaska, including the following:
Anchorage – set amid the coastal Chugach mountains, Anchorage is not the stereotypical version of Alaska that you might have imagined. It is a warm, lively city that is ideal for sight-seeing or even arctic biking, touring fjords, ski, dog-sled, or simply taste the local delicacies.
Fairbanks – Fairbanks is just as developed as any other city – a modern, sprawling area with the typical fast-food spots, malls, and hotels. But beyond all the comforts of a city lies a rather natural phenomena that makes it unique: Fairbanks is a great place to watch the Northern lights or the Aurora Borealis.
Sitka – once the capital of Russian America, Sitka is located on Baranof Island along the Alaska Panhandle. It is the site of the Sitka National Park, which was established to commemorate the Battle of Sitka in 1804 – the last major conflict between Europeans and native Alaskans. The park now helps preserve the culture of the Tligit people, as well as the Russian and American settlers.
Seward – situated on the Kenai Peninsula at the head of Resurrection Bay, Seward is a scenic town with an unparalleled natural beauty. It is also known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, and is almost always described as a historic town with a lively harbour. When visiting, take a boat tour to see the national park and check on the abundant wildlife, amazing fjords, and tidewater glaciers.
How to get around
Most parts of Alaska, especially in the smaller towns and communities, do not have proper public transport modes. People here stick to walking or using animal-drawn sled, which are the typical stuff considering the weather and the quality of land here. In the main city centres, land transport includes buses, cabs, and private vehicles, but do not expect this when going to remote places. Sometimes, there is no other option but to fly.
How to get there
The Ugashik Bay Airport is the main airport serving Ugashik and Pilot Point in Alaska. It is served by PenAir, which connects Pilot Point to King Salmon.