The History of Chignik Lake

Chignik Lake is located on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula next to the body of water of the same name, 265 miles southwest of Kodiak and 565 air miles southwest of Anchorage. It lies at approximately 56 14' N Latitude, 158 47' W Longitude (Sec. 25, T045S, R061W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Aleutian Islands Recording District. The area encompasses 18 sq. miles of land and 4 sq. miles of water.

The present population traces its roots to Aleuts from the west near Illnik and the old village of Kanatag near Becharof Lake. The village was established in the 1950s when the original school was built. It has developed as a fishing village.

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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development