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McGrath is a small, yet, vital community located on the Kuskokwim River in south-central Interior Alaska. It serves as an economic and transportation hub for the region. The population of McGrath is approximately 400 residents. There is a federally-recognized tribe in the village; the McGrath Native Village. The Medfra Traditional Council is not federally-recognized. About half of the population areAthabascans and Eskimos. The village of McGrath was established as a trading post in 1904 and gold was discovered in the area in 1906. The town was actually founded in 1907 at the site of "Old McGrath," which is across the river from the present-day town. The city incorporated in 1975. Today, McGrath offers restaurants and lodging and a variety of activities, such as fishing, boating, skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling (snow machining) and dog sledding. McGrath also serves as a major checkpoint for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and the Iron Dog Snow Machine Race. McGrath is approximately 221 miles northwest of Anchorage and 269 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

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McGrath Weather & Climate

Central Alaska has a climate of long, cold winters and short, cool summers. Weather in this region is very unpredictable. Temperatures of 70 degrees in summer is common, yet it's also been known to snow in August. The north and south side of the Alaskan Range Mountains have a completely different climate. The Gulf of Alaska carries moisture to the south side, but the mountains block water to the north side. This means a drier climate and huge temperature fluctuations to the north. The south has a transitional maritime continental climate, with cooler, summers and warmer winters.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 2°F -15°F 1.04 in. -
February 10°F -12°F 0.74 in. -
March 25°F -1°F 0.81 in. -
April 40°F 17°F 0.66 in. -
May 56°F 35°F 1.02 in. -
June 67°F 45°F 1.45 in. -
July 69°F 49°F 2.32 in. -
August 64°F 45°F 2.75 in. -
September 53°F 35°F 2.36 in. -
October 32°F 18°F 1.46 in. -
November 13°F -2°F 1.46 in. -
December 4°F -12°F 1.44 in. -

McGrath Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Grath airport (MCG) located right in McGrath.

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