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Naknek is located on the north bank of the Naknek River in Bristol Bay Borough of southwest Alaska. The population was 544 as of the 2010 census. Naknek is situated where the Naknek River runs into the Kvichak Bay arm of the northeastern end of Bristol Bay. It's approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. The economy is almost entirely supported by salmon fishing. Russian fur trappers first occupied this area in the early 1800s, and a Yupik village called Naugeik was located here. Later, the Russians spelled the name Naknek. The first salmon cannery opened on the Naknek River in 1890, and by 1900, there were twelve canneries situated around Bristol Bay. Today, Bristol Bay Borough is known as the "Red Salmon Capital of the World." It's also the "Gateway to Katmai National Park and Preserve." The park is famous for its' volcanoes and wildlife, including an abundance of brown bears. It spans nearly five million acres of remote wilderness, pristine waterways and a rugged coastline. The park is also home to "the Valley of 10,000 Smokes," which was the site of a powerful volcanic eruption that occurred in 1912. Katmai is known worldwide for its' sport fishing, especially for trophy rainbow trout and sockeye salmon, silver salmon, Dolly Varden and lake trout. There are campgrounds in the park, although much of the park remains wilderness that is rarely visited.

Surrounding areas: King Salmon, Alaska (12.9 mi)

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Naknek 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 continental subarctic further 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 causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 22°F 8°F 1.03 in. -
February 23°F 7°F 0.72 in. -
March 32°F 15°F 0.79 in. -
April 41°F 24°F 0.94 in. -
May 52°F 34°F 1.35 in. -
June 59°F 42°F 1.70 in. -
July 63°F 47°F 2.15 in. -
August 62°F 47°F 2.89 in. -
September 54°F 40°F 2.81 in. -
October 40°F 26°F 2.10 in. -
November 30°F 15°F 1.54 in. -
December 25°F 9°F 1.39 in. -

Naknek Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the King Salmon airport (AKN) located about 13 miles southeast of Naknek in King Salmon, Alaska, the Egegik airport (EII) located approximately 39 miles southwest of Naknek in Egegik, Alaska, and finally the Dillingham airport (DLG) located roughly 57 miles northwest of Naknek in Dillingham, Alaska.

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