King Salmon is an unincorporated area in the Bristol Bay Borough. King Salmon is located on the north bank of the Naknek River on the Alaska Peninsula, about 15 miles upriver from Naknek. It is 284 miles southwest of Anchorage.
Present-day tribal members are descendents of a group that was forced to relocate to King Salmon due to the eruption of Mount Katmai, on the east coast of the peninsula. In the 1930s, an air navigation silo was built at King Salmon. At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. built an Air Force base. It was maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration throughout the war. In 1949, a post office was established, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a road to Naknek. Other government quarters, such as National Park Service, Fish & Game, and the weather bureau, were developed. The King Salmon Inn opened in 1956. The community has grown as a government, transportation, and service center for the commercial red salmon and recreational visitor industries. In 1993, the Air Force station went into a caretaker status. It is being maintained and operated under contract for the Air Force by the Chugach Development Corporation and supports daily military activities, including Air Force, Army, Marine, and North American Air Defense (NORAD) missions and US Coast Guard law enforcement and search and rescue missions. As well, the Bristol Bay Borough and the State of Alaska are using several buildings on the base.
The Native population is a mixture of Aleuts, Indians, and Eskimos. Although King Salmon was not included in the 1972 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), the King Salmon Tribe became a federally recognized entity as of December 29, 2000. There are 24 active Native allotment claims and 2 patented claims near King Salmon. Students attend school in Naknek, 15 miles away.
- King Salmon is a transportation hub for Bristol Bay.
- Formerly an Air Force base, the state-owned airport has an 8,901' long by 150' wide paved, lighted runway and a 4,018' long by 100' wide asphalt/gravel crosswind runway. There are scheduled jet flights and charter services to and from Anchorage.
- A 4,000' stretch of the Naknek River is designated for float planes.
- A seaplane base is also located at Katmai National Park is on Naknek Lake, Brooks Camp.
- Four docks are available on the Naknek River - owned by the U.S. Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Alaska State Troopers, and the Bristol Bay Borough.
- Cargo goods are delivered to Naknek by barge and trucked upriver to King Salmon via a 15-mile connecting road.
- During winter, an ice road provides access to South Naknek.
- Vehicles are the primary means of local transportation; skiffs are used during summer.
Education: All students in the Bristol Bay Borough go to school in Naknek at the Bristol Bay Borough School District, Superintendent William Hill. Lakeview homeschool and Lake and Peninsula School district have an office in King Salmon but the schools are associated with the Lake and Peninsula Borough. We also have a private school between Naknek and King Salmon, Bristol Bay Christian Learning Center. For higher education King Salmon has a UAF campus and Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center (SAVEC).
Federal Agencies located in King Salmon are: Bristol Bay Housing Authority, Federal Aviation Administration, US Fish and Wildlife, Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, Katmai National Park and Preserve, National Weather Service, US Postal Service.
State Agencies located in King Salmon are: Dept. of Public Safety Alaska State Troopers, State of AK Dept. of Fish and Game, Dept. of Health and Social Services Division of Family and Youth Services, Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Motor Vehicles.
Agencies sharing the King Salmon Airforce Base are: the Bristol Bay Housing Authority/SAVEC, UAF, Bristol Bay Borough and Katmai Park and Preserve.
King Salmon Village Council
P.O. Box 68
King Salmon, AK 99613-0068
President - Ralph Angasan, Sr.
ph: (907) 246-3553
Bristol Bay Borough
P.O. Box 189
Naknek, AK 99633
Manager - John Fulton
ph: (907) 246-4224
Bristol Bay Chamber of Commerce
ph: (907) 246-2222
Naknek Electric Association
P.O. Box 118
Naknek, AK 99633
General Manager - Dianne King
Download a listing of projects submitted by King Salmon for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.