Shuyak Island State Park includes the majority of the island's 47,000 acres. The park includes miles of rugged coastline, beaches and protected waterways. The island is located approximately 54 miles north of Kodiak, Alaska. Visitors to the island have a choice of tent camping or renting one of the four public use cabins. There are no stores in Shuyak Island State Park, so visitors must purchase their supplies before coming to the island. The Bottom line is that island visitors must be as self-sufficient as possible. Shuyak Island is a wilderness area that requires visitors to carefully plan their adventure well in advance of arriving. Wildlife abounds on the island and campers should expect to see Kodiak Brown bears, Black-tailed Sitka deer, and other smaller animals. Offshore visitors will have a chance to see whales, seals, sea lions and porpoises. Weapons for hunting and self-protection are allowed on the island, but no target shooting or shooting within a quarter mile of the cabins is allowed. Travelling around the island is done on foot only and there are only a few hiking trails within the part. The thick forests make for challenging overland travel. The shoreline can often be travelled with relative ease, but during periods of high tides this avenue is often covered with water.