Naknek is an unincorporated area in the Bristol Bay Borough.  Naknek is located on the north bank of the Naknek River, at the northeastern end of Bristol Bay. It is 297 miles southwest of Anchorage

This region was first settled over 6,000 years ago by Yup'ik Eskimos, the Aleut and Athabascan Indians. In 1821, the original Eskimo village of "Naugeik" was noted by Capt. Lt. Vasiliev. By 1880, the village was called Kinuyak. It was later spelled Naknek by the Russian Navy. The Russians built a fort near the village and fur trappers inhabited the area for some time prior to the U.S. purchase of Alaska. The first salmon cannery opened on the Naknek River in 1890. By 1900, there were approximately 12 canneries in Bristol Bay. The Homestead Act enabled canneries to acquire land for their plants and also made land available to other institutions and individuals. The parcel owned by the Russian Orthodox Church on the north bank of the River was the first land recorded in Naknek. Residents built shelters on the church property and were eventually sold lots in what became the center of Naknek. A post office was established in 1907. Naknek has developed over the years as a major fishery center.

Naknek is a fishing community, with a mixed population of non-Natives, Yup'ik Eskimos, Alutiiq, and Athabascans.


  • Naknek is accessible by air and sea and connects to King Salmon via a 15.5-mile road.
  • Naknek State DOT Airport 'city field' is located one mile north of Naknek. It has a 1,950' long by 50' wide gravel runway, a 1,850' long and 45' wide gravel runway, and 2,000' float plane landing area. Jet services are available at King Salmon. Tibbetts Airfield is 1,700' long by 60' wide unmaintained gravel runway.
  • The borough operates the cargo dock at Naknek, which is the port of Bristol Bay. It has 800' of berthing space, a concrete surface, and a couple of cranes.
  • No commercial docking facilities are available at the canneries.
  • Pickup trucks and cars are common, and taxis are available.


The Naknek schools are members of the Bristol Bay Borough School District. Schools include K-12 with a total 120 students.

State Agencies: Alaska Court System



Paug-Vik Incorporated, Limited

P.O. Box 61

Naknek, AK 99633

President - Abe Williams

ph: (907) 246-4277


Naknek Village Council

P.O. Box 106

Naknek, AK 99633-0106

President - Linda Halverson

ph: (907) 246-4210


Bristol Bay Borough

P.O. Box 189

Naknek, AK 99633

Mayor - Karl Anderson

ph: (907) 246-4224

Borough Manager - John Fulton

ph: (907) 246-4224

Finance Officer - David Scott

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

ph: (907) 246-4261



Download a listing of projects submitted by Naknek for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Download Naknek Projects List