in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (men tass' tuh); a.k.a. Mentasta
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Mentasta Lake is located 6 miles off the Tok-Slana Cutoff of the Glenn Highway on the west side of Mentasta Pass, 38 miles southwest of Tok Junction.
- Mentasta Lake is located in the continental climate zone, with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes range from -57 to 93 °F. Average annual snowfall is 69 inches, with a total of 16 inches of precipitation per year.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The area is reported to have been the best-known route of Native immigration across the Alaska Range. Early village settlements have been located at various sites around the lake. The families that presently reside in Mentasta Lake come from Nabesna, Suslota, Slana, and other villages within the area. The U.S. Army Signal Corps established a telegraph station at Mentasta Pass in 1902. A post office was established at the village in 1947 but was discontinued in 1951.
- The community is primarily Athabascan, and subsistence activities are important.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Mentasta Traditional Council
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Mentasta Lake is connected to the Tok Cutoff to the Glenn Highway by a six-mile spur road. There is a small airstrip at Mentasta Lodge.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District