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Dillingham is a small city located in southwest Alaska at the head of Nushagak Bay at the confluence of the Wood and Nushagak Rivers. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,329 residents. The city of Dillingham is home to the largest remaining wild salmon fishery in the world, which provides a natural economic industry for the city. Dillingham is the largest city and most important port on the Bristol Bay, known worldwide for its' salmon fishing. The only way to reach Dillingham is by boat or airplane. There are no roads from the Alaska Highway System into the town, but a twenty-five mile paved road connects Dillingham to the neighboring community of Aleknagik. The town of Aleknagik borders Wood Tikchik State Park, which is the largest state park in the United States and popular for its' fishing opportunities. Dillingham is also the headquarters for nearby Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to walruses, seals, migratory birds, and one of the largest wild herring fisheries in the world. There are lots of eco-tourism spots here, as well as hiking, boating, and other outdoor sports. The town of Dillingham has several businesses and two grocery stores and friendly, helpful residents. Several special events are held in the town each year, including the Beaver Round-Up Festival, Blessing of the Fleet, Nushtival, and a Sockeye Wrestling Tournament.

Dillingham Vacation Rentals

Dillingham Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bristol InnDillingham, AK (907) 842-2240
Bed & Breakfast
Beaver Creek Bed & Breakfast1800 Birch Cir Pobox 563Dillingham, AK (907) 842-5366

Dillingham Weather & Climate

Southeastern Alaska, on the mainland (not the panhandle) has a climate greatly influenced by the Northern Pacific Ocean. The classification of the climate is subarctic due to the short, cool summers. Temperatures are mild compared to other parts of the state. The lack of extreme cold or hot temperatures speaks of the maritime influence. While it does not get nearly as much rain as the southeast panhandle of Alaska, it does get more snow, although there tend to be more clear days here. There are frequent, strong southeast winds known as the Knik wind, especially in the winter months.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 20°F 9°F 1.79 in. -
February 21°F 9°F 1.10 in. -
March 28°F 15°F 1.49 in. -
April 36°F 25°F 1.12 in. -
May 48°F 36°F 1.42 in. -
June 56°F 44°F 2.00 in. -
July 60°F 49°F 2.83 in. -
August 59°F 48°F 3.83 in. -
September 52°F 41°F 3.72 in. -
October 38°F 27°F 2.33 in. -
November 27°F 17°F 2.34 in. -
December 21°F 10°F 2.07 in. -

Dillingham Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Dillingham airport (DLG) located about 1 mile west of Dillingham, the King Salmon airport (AKN) located approximately 69 miles southeast of Dillingham in King Salmon, Alaska, and finally the Egegik airport (EII) located roughly 70 miles southeast of Dillingham in Egegik, Alaska.

Dillingham Attractions

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