2nd Class City
in the Lake and Peninsula Borough
- Current Population
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (ee' guh gick)
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- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Egegik is located on the south bank of the Egegik River on the Alaska Peninsula, 100 miles southeast of Dillingham and 326 air miles southwest of Anchorage.
- Egegik's predominantly maritime climate is characterized by cool, humid, and windy weather. Summer temperatures range from 44 to 65 °F; winter temperatures range from -24 to 40 °F. Annual precipitation averages 20 to 26 inches, with 45 inches of snow.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- According to anthropologists, settlement of the Bristol Bay region first occurred over 6,000 years ago. Yup'ik Eskimos and Athabascan Indians jointly occupied the area. Aleuts arrived in later years. The first recorded contact by non-Natives was with Russian fur traders between 1818 and 1867. The village was reported by Russians as a fish camp called "Igagik" (meaning "throat") in 1876. Local people would travel each year from Kanatak on the gulf coast through a portage pass to Becharof Lake and then hike or kayak on to the Egegik Bay area for summer fish camp. In 1895, an Alaska Packers Association salmon saltery was established at the mouth of Egegik River, and a town developed around the former fish camp. During the influenza outbreaks beginning in 1918, Natives from other villages moved to Egegik in an attempt to isolate themselves from the disease. During World War II, men from Egegik were enlisted to help build the King Salmon Airport, with many subsequently serving in Dutch Harbor and elsewhere. Egegik later grew into a major salmon production port. Egegik incorporated as a second-class city in 1995.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Egegik Village
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Freshwater and Wastewater Utility, Solid Waste, Batch Oxidation System Facility, Airport, Dock, Tank Farm (fuel and gas sales), Electric Utility
- The community is accessible by air and water. A city-owned 5,600' long by 100' wide lighted gravel runway with a crosswind airstrip 1,500' long and 75' wide is located 2 miles south of Egegik. Scheduled and charter flights are available. A city-owned dock accomodates fuel barge service, as well as freight barge service from Anchorage and Seattle. Boat haul-out is available. Two privately-owned docks and marine storage are also available.
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