in the Northwest Arctic Borough
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (no' uh tack)
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Fisheries Participation and Earnings
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Geography and Climate
- Noatak is located on the west bank of the Noatak River, 55 miles north of Kotzebue and 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This is the only settlement on the 396 mile-long Noatak River, just west of the 66-million acre Noatak National Preserve.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- Noatak is located in the transitional climate zone. Temperatures average -21 to 15 °F during winter and 40 to 60 °F during summer. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -59 to 75 °F. Annual snowfall averages 48 inches, with 10 to 13 inches of total precipitation. The Noatak River is navigable by shallow-draft boats from early June to early October.
History and Culture
- It was established as a fishing and hunting camp in the 19th century. The rich resources of this region enabled the camp to develop into a permanent settlement. The 1880 census listed the site as Noatagamut, which means "inland river people." A post office was established in 1940.
- The village is Inupiat Eskimo. Subsistence activities are the central focus of the culture, and families travel to fish camps during the summer.
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- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Native Village of Noatak
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
- Noatak is primarily accessed by air. The state-owned lighted gravel runway is available. Six regional air services provide cargo, mail, and passenger services. There are currently no barge services to Noatak. Small boats, ATVs, and snow machines are used for local transportation. Historic trails along the Noatak River are still used for inter-village travel and subsistence activities.
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