in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (gaw koh' nuh)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Gakona is at the confluence of the Copper and Gakona Rivers, 15 miles northeast of Glennallen. It lies at mile 2 on the Tok cutoff to the Glenn Highway, just east of the Richardson Highway.
- Gakona is located in the continental climate zone, with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -62 to 91 °F. Annual snowfall averages 61 inches, with total precipitation of 13 inches.
- Community Map Available
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Ahtna Athabascans have lived in the Copper River basin for 5,000 to 7,000 years. Gakona served as a wood and fish camp and later became a permanent village. In 1904 Doyle's Roadhouse was constructed at the junction of the Valdez-Eagle and Valdez-Fairbanks Trails and became an essential stopping point for travelers. There was also a post office, stagecoach station, and blacksmith shop here. Some buildings are still standing. Gakona Lodge was built in 1929 and is on the National Register of Historical Places. The lodge contains many old relics of the gold rush era.
- The community has a commercial district, a non-Native residential area, and an Athabascan village.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Cheesh-Na Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- The Glenn/Tok cutoff and Richardson Highway provide access to the Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Lower 48. A 5,000' paved runway is available at nearby Gulkana.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District