in the Lake and Peninsula Borough
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (chig' nick)
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Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- Chignik Lagoon is located on the south shore of the Alaska Peninsula, 450 miles southwest of Anchorage. It lies 180 air miles south of King Salmon, 8.5 miles west of Chignik, and 16 miles east of Chignik Lake.
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- The community experiences a maritime climate, characterized by cool summers and relatively warm, wet winters. Thick cloud cover and heavy winds are prevalent during winter months. Summer temperatures range from 39 to 60 °F. Winter temperatures range from 21 to 36 °F. Precipitation averages 127 inches annually, with an average annual snowfall of 58 inches.
History and Culture
- Chignik Lagoon took its name from its location and proximity to Chignik"(big wind"). The people of this area have always been sea-dependent, living on otter, sea lion, porpoise, and whale. During the Russian fur boom from 1767 to 1783, the sea otter population was decimated. This, in addition to disease and warfare, reduced the Native population to less than half its former size. It has developed as a fishing village.
- Chignik Lagoon experiences an influx of fishermen during the summer months. The population swells by 200 during the fishing season.
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- Native Village of Chignik Lagoon
- Chignik Lagoon is primarily accessible by air and sea. There are no roads connecting it to other villages. There is a strong regional interest in constructing roads between Chignik, Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake, and the landfill. There is a state-maintained gravel airstrip, public domain small boat harbor, and seaplane base. Regular and charter flights are available from King Salmon. A cargo ship brings supplies annually, and goods are lightered to shore. Boat haul-outs are available. ATVs and skiffs are the primary means of local transportation.
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