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Tok is a small town that lies in the Tanana Valley in the southeast area of the state, near the Canadian border. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,258 residents. Tok made history around the world on January 10, 2009 when it reported a temperature of -80 degrees F. (yes, that's minus 80!) This region of Alaska was originally settled by the Athabascan Indians and they've remained in the area for centuries. The name "Tok" is thought to mean "Peaceful Crossing." Today, Tok is an important junction at the Alaska Highway and the Glenn Highway between the Tanana River and the Alaska Range. The town began as a camp for the Alaska Road Commission in the 1940s, during the construction of the Alcan and Glenn Highways. Activities to engage in around Tok include flightseeing, hiking, biking, fishing, boating on the Tanana River and gold panning. It's also a popular area for blueberry picking in the late summer and fall. Wintertime activities include ice fishing, dog mushing and snowmachining (or snowmobiling.) Tok offers several lodging choices, as well as RV parks and state campgrounds. The town also has restaurants, gift shops, espresso stands, a post office, grocery stores and laundry services. Keep in mind, however, that winters here are harsh and very, very cold - making winter activities limited.

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Hotels & Motels
Tok Lodge MotelMile 124 1/2 Glenn HwyTok, AK (907) 883-2851

Tok Weather & Climate

East-central Alaska has a subarctic climate with long, cold winters and short, warm summers. Winter generally lasts from late September until early May. Most of the precipitation occurs during the summer months. Most snow is received October through January, with limited snowfall from February to May. The first accumulations are usually established by mid-October. This part of the state has the most variation in temperatures. At the winter solstice, east-central Alaska experiences 3 hours and 43 minutes of sunlight. At the summer solstice, it receives 21 hours and 49 minutes of direct sunlight. After sunset in the summer, twilight is bright enough to allow daytime activities. During winter, the direction of the wind also causes large temperature swings. Chinook winds from the south bring temperatures well above freezing. Ice fog is another possibility in the wintertime.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January -5°F -22°F 0.34 in. -
February 6°F -15°F 0.18 in. -
March 26°F -3°F 0.13 in. -
April 44°F 17°F 0.14 in. -
May 60°F 30°F 0.45 in. -
June 70°F 40°F 1.99 in. -
July 73°F 44°F 2.30 in. -
August 68°F 39°F 0.85 in. -
September 55°F 30°F 0.73 in. -
October 31°F 12°F 0.60 in. -
November 7°F -9°F 0.51 in. -
December -1°F -18°F 0.38 in. -

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