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Community of Egegik

Community Profile

    Community Type: 2nd Class City
    Current Population: 139
    Borough Name: Lake & Peninsula Borough
    Regional Native Corporation: Bristol Bay Native Corporation
    REAA/School District: Lake & Peninsula Schools
    Latitude: 58° 13' N
    Longitude: 157° 22' W
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    Land Area: 135.00
    Water Area: 2.50
    Egegik is located on the south bank of the Egegik River on the Alaska Peninsula, 100 miles southwest of Dillingham and 335 air miles southwest of Anchorage.
    Settlement of the Bristol Bay region first occurred over 6,000 years ago. Yupik Eskimos and Athabascan Indians jointly occupied the area. The village was first reported as a fish camp in 1876 and later developed around a salmon saltery in 1895. During the influenza outbreaks beginning in 1918, Natives from other villages moved to Egegik in an attempt to isolate themselves from the disease.
    Egegik has a strong year-round Aleut culture. During the commercial fishing season, the population swells to over 3,500.
    The village economy is based solely on commercial fishing and fish processing, which brings thousands of people each summer. 55 residents hold commercial fishing permits. Six on-shore processors are located on the Egegik River, four on the north shore and two on the south shore, Woodbine Alaska Fish Co. and Nelbro Packing Co. Approximately 30 floating processors participate in the Egegik fishery. For year-round residents, subsistence hunting and fishing activities are an important part of the lifestyle and local diet.
    Egegik is accessible by air and water. A State-owned 2,500' gravel airstrip is available; a new airstrip is nearing completion. Scheduled and charter services are available. A new dock was recently completed, and boat haul outs are available. Barge services are provided from Seattle twice yearly. Skiffs, ATVs and snowmachines are the primary means of local transportation.
    Egegik's predominantly maritime climate is characterized by cool, humid and windy weather. Average summer temperatures range from 42 to 63; winter temperatures range from -29 to 40. Annual precipitation is 20 to 26 inches, with 65 inches of snow.

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