2nd Class City
in the Dillingham Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (stew' yuh hawk)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Bristol Bay
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- New Stuyahok is located on the Nushagak River, about 12 miles upriver from Ekwok and 52 miles northeast of Dillingham. The village has been constructed at two elevations -- one 25 feet above river level and one about 40 feet above river level.
- New Stuyahok is located in a climatic transition zone. The primary influence is maritime, although a continental climate affects the weather. Average summer temperatures range from 37 to 66 °F; winter temperatures average 4 to 30 °F. Annual precipitation ranges from 20 to 35 inches. Fog and low clouds are common during the summer; strong winds often preclude access during the winter. The river is ice-free from June through mid-November.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The present location is the third site that villagers can remember. The village moved downriver to the Mulchatna area from the "Old Village" in 1918. During the 1920s and 30s, the village was engaged in herding reindeer for the U.S. government. However, by 1942, the herd had dwindled to nothing, the village had been subjected to flooding, and the site was too far inland to receive barge service. So, in 1942, the village moved downriver again to its present location. Stuyahok appropriately means "going downriver place." The first school was built in 1961. A post office was also established that year. An airstrip was built soon thereafter, and the 1960s saw a 40% increase in the village population. The city was incorporated in 1972.
- New Stuyahok is a southern Yup'ik Eskimo village with Russian Orthodox influences. Residents practice a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- New Stuyahok Village
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewar, E;ectric (AVEC) Refuse Collection, Landfill, Police, State Funded Public Safety Officer, VPSO Volunteer Fire/EMS, Public Safety Building, Roads, Heavy Equipment , Post Office (Federal Contract)
- Air transport is the most frequent mode of transportation used to reach the New Stuyahok. The state owns a lighted, gravel airstrip in New Stuyahok. Regular and charter flights are available from Dillingham and Anchorage. Barges are used to lighter goods to New Stuyahok on a regular basis during the summer. Skiffs, ATVs, and snowmobiles are the prevalent forms of local transportation.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District