Clark's Point is a second Class City in the Dillingham Census Area.  Clark's Point is located on a spit on the northeastern shore of Nushagak Bay, 15 miles from Dillingham and 337 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The point originally had an Eskimo name, "Saguyak," yet there is no evidence of a settlement at the site prior to the Nushagak Packing Company cannery, established in 1888. The community was named for John Clark, who was the manager of the Alaska Commercial Company store at Nushagak. Clark is reputed to have operated a saltery prior to the establishment of the cannery. In 1893 the cannery became a member of the Alaska Packers Association. In 1901 a two-line cannery was built. During World War II, the canning operation ceased, and only salting was done at Clark's Point. The plant was shut down permanently by 1952, and the Alaska Packers Association used the facility as the headquarters for its fishing fleet. In 1929, a major flood occurred. The city was incorporated in 1971. The village has been plagued by severe erosion. A housing project in 1982 was constructed on high and safe ground on the bluff.

The community was founded on fishing operations of non-Native settlers, although presently it is predominantly Yup'ik Eskimo. The population increases by about 300 in summer months due to the commercial fishery.

Governance: Clark’s Point was incorporated in 1971 and maintains a mayoral form of government.  Regular elections are held on the third Tuesday in October. Mayor: Harry Wassily

Infrastructure:

  • Air transport is the primary method of reaching Clark's Point.
  • Regular and charter flights are available from Dillingham. There is a state-owned 3,200' long by 60' wide gravel runway, and float planes land on Nushagak River.
  • Freight is brought by barge to Dillingham and then flown or lightered to the community.
  • The only boat moorage is an undeveloped spit dock owned by the city; boats land on the beach.
  • Trident Seafoods owns a private dock for fish processing.
  • ATVs and snow machines are the primary means of local transportation.

Education: Clark's Point School - INACTIVE

 

Contacts:

City of Clark’s Point

P.O. Box 110

Clark’s Point, AK 99569

Mayor - Harry Wassily

(907) 236-1221

 

Saguyak, Incorporated

P.O. Box 4

Clark’s Point, AK 99569

President - Joseph Clark

(907) 236-1235

 

Clark’s Point Village Council

P.O. Box 90

Clark’s Point, AK 99569

President - Betty Gardiner

(907) 236-1435

 

CDQ Group:

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

PO Box 1464

Dillingham, AK 99576-1464

President/CEO - Norman Van Vactor

(907) 842-4370

 

Utilities:

City of Clark’s Point - Electric

P.O. Box 110

Clark’s Point, AK 99569

(907) 236-1221

 

Projects:

Download a listing of projects submitted by the City of Clark’s Point for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Download Clark’s Point Projects List