in the Bristol Bay Borough
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (nack' neck); a.k.a. Qinuyang
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Geography and Climate
- South Naknek is located on the south bank of the Naknek River on the Alaska Peninsula, 297 miles southwest of Anchorage. It lies just west of the Katmai National Park and Preserve.
- The climate is mainly maritime, characterized by cool, humid, and windy weather. Average summer temperatures range from 42 to 63 °F; average winter temperatures range from 29 to 44 °F. Extremes from -46 to 88 °F have been recorded. Total precipitation averages 20 inches annually, with 45 inches of snowfall. Fog is common during summer months.
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- Sq Mi Land
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History and Culture
- This area was first settled over 6,000 years ago and was historically Sugpiaq/Alutiiq territory. The Sugpiaq/Alutiiq traveled between Katmai and the Naknek River, pursuing seasonal food sources. After Katmai-Novurupta erupted in 1912 the Sugpiaq/Alutiiq relocated from the Old Savonoski Village, near the ?Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes,? to New Savanoski, on the south side of the Naknek river. Russian fur traders inhabited the area in the early 1800s until the U.S. purchased Alaska in 1867. In 1890 the first cannery opened on the Naknek River. South Naknek was settled permanently after the turn of the century as a result of salmon cannery development. This is one of the many villages along the coast where Laplanders were brought in to herd reindeer. The herds were purchased in the 1930s by the BIA for the local Native economy. The reindeer were allowed to run free in the 1940s, and eventually mixed in with the local caribou.
- South Naknek is a traditional Sugpiaq/Alutiiq village whose residents are descendants of people displaced by the Katmai and Novarupta volcanic eruptions of 1912. The people of this village practice a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
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- South Naknek Village
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- South Naknek is accessible by air or sea. There are two state-owned lighted gravel runways. The PAF Cannery airport lies three miles to the southeast and has a dirt strip and a crosswind strip. Scheduled and charter flight services are available. A 3,000' designated stretch of the Naknek River is used by float planes. The frozen river provides an ice road to Naknek and King Salmon in winter. There is an unmaintained dirt road to New Savonoski. The borough operates a mid- and high-tide cargo dock at South Naknek with 200' of berth space to accommodate barges. Trucks, cars, ATVs, snow machines, and boats are used for local travel.
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