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Gakona is a small community in southeast Alaska in the Valdez-Cordova area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 218 residents. A federally-recognized tribe, the Native Village of Gakona, is located in the community. In the early 1900s, Gakona was a major stopping point for travelers. There was a stagecoach station, roadhouse, blacksmith shop and post office. Some of the old buildings are still standing, including the Gakona Lodge and Trading Post, which was built in 1929. The lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and contains the ten-room lodge, 4 cabins, a restaurant and tavern. Groceries, ice, limited hardware, and clothing are also available at the trading post. The community of Gakona depends on seasonal tourist traffic to survive. Popular activities in the area are salmon fishing and river rafting. There are a couple of expert river rafting experts in town who will provide a world class rafting experience. Gakona is located adjacent to the Copper, Gakona and Gulkana Rivers, which allow for excellent fishing for King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon and Rainbow Trout. The Glenn Highway/Tok Cut-Off and Richardson Highway provide access to the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks and the Lower 48. For air travel, a 5,000-foot paved runway is available at nearby Gulkana.

Surrounding areas: Glennallen, Alaska (15.6 mi), Chistochina, Alaska (27.3 mi)

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Gakona Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Summit Lake LodgeMile 195 Richardson HwyGlennallen, AK15.5 mi.(907) 822-3969

Gakona 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 3°F -12°F 0.45 in. -
February 13°F -7°F 0.52 in. -
March 28°F 2°F 0.36 in. -
April 42°F 19°F 0.22 in. -
May 55°F 32°F 0.59 in. -
June 65°F 41°F 1.54 in. -
July 68°F 45°F 1.82 in. -
August 64°F 41°F 1.80 in. -
September 53°F 32°F 1.44 in. -
October 34°F 18°F 1.02 in. -
November 13°F -2°F 0.67 in. -
December 6°F -9°F 0.97 in. -

Gakona Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gulkana airport (GKN) located about 11 miles southwest of Gakona in Gulkana, Alaska.

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