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Chistochina is a tiny village (census-designated place) located in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area of southeast Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 93 residents. The community of Chistochina is the most traditional native Ahtna village and is home to the Cheesh Na Tribe. Although small, Chistochina lies within an area of great natural beauty that offers many activities. Nearby Valdez offers glacier and wildlife tours of Prince William Sound, fishing boat charters, kayaking, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and ice climbing. You can also take a guided raft trips past the towering waterfalls of Keystone Canyon. The nearby city of Cordova is known for its many festivals. The annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival takes place in early May, and attracts birdwatchers come from all over the country. In February, the Cordova Iceworm Festival is held in an attempt to help with the "winter blues." Activities at this festival includes a parade, a talent show, oyster shucking contest, ping pong tournament, and a survival suit race. Other attractions near Chistochina include the Cordova Historical Museum and the Ilanka Cultural Center Museum. The Ilanka museum features artifacts, including a 24-1/2-foot orca whale, Eyak, which is one of only five fully rearticulated orca whale skeletons in the world.

Surrounding areas: Gakona, Alaska (27.3 mi)

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Chistochina Weather & Climate

Southwestern Alaska's climate is greatly influenced by the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. The climate is subarctic oceanic in the southwest and a continental subarctic climate farther north. Considering how far north this area is, the temperature is somewhat moderate. The precipitation in this area varies widely. For instance; the northern side of the Seward Peninsula receives less than 10 inches per year (making it technically a desert region,) while some other locations average around 100 inches. Summers are short and mild, winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong winds, especially in the winter. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 5°F -14°F 0.49 in. -
February 15°F -9°F 0.55 in. -
March 28°F 0°F 0.52 in. -
April 42°F 16°F 0.33 in. -
May 56°F 29°F 0.86 in. -
June 65°F 38°F 2.05 in. -
July 68°F 43°F 2.82 in. -
August 64°F 38°F 2.30 in. -
September 52°F 28°F 1.95 in. -
October 33°F 13°F 1.05 in. -
November 14°F -5°F 0.84 in. -
December 7°F -11°F 0.92 in. -

Chistochina Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gulkana airport (GKN) located about 38 miles southwest of Chistochina in Gulkana, Alaska.

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