in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (nan wah' leck); formerly English Bay
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Geography and Climate
- Nanwalek is located at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, southwest of Seldovia and east of Port Graham.
- Winter temperatures range from 14 to 27 °F; summer temperatures vary from 45 to 60 °F. Average annual precipitation is 24 inches.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The village of Nanwalek was originally the site of a Russian Trading Post called Alexandrovsk. It was later called "Odinochka," meaning "a person living in solitude." A Russian Orthodox church was built in the community in 1870. In 1930, a replacement church was constructed, and it is a designated national historic site. In 1991, locals changed the community name of English Bay to Nanwalek, meaning "place by lagoon." Many of the current residents are of mixed Russian and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) lineage. Villagers speak Sugtestun, a dialect of Eskimo similar to Yup'ik.
- Nanwalek is a traditional Alutiiq village. Subsistence activities are a large part of the culture.
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- Native Village of Nanwalek
- Local Option Restrictions
- Sale of alcohol is banned.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Nanwalek is not accessible by road. Boats are the primary means of transportation locally. A state-owned wide gravel airstrip is available for air taxis and general aviation. No scheduled commercial flights serve Nanwalek. The nearest commercial airport is in Homer, 35 miles away by water. The state ferry provides service from nearby Seldovia to Kodiak, Homer, Whittier, and Chenega Bay, as well as ports in Southeast Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington State.
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