Before discovery of gold in 1880, Auke Bay was the
cultural hub of southern Lynn Canal. The bay and lake were natural choices for
canoe-based people who gathered their food from stream and sea. The mile-long,
south-facing gravel beach with raised, rich-soil benches for gardens and
longhouses was sheltered from the gales of Gastineau. Spring herring runs lured
salmon, sea birds and marine mammals. Close at hand was the sockeye run at Aak'w-Little
Lake-from which the Auk Kw?an derive their name. The road from Juneau reached
Auke Bay in 1918.