Manokotak is a second class city in the Dillingham Census Area.  Manokotak is located 25 miles southwest of Dillingham on the Igushik River. It lies 347 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Manokotak is one of the newer villages in the Bristol Bay region. It became a permanent settlement in 1946-47 with the consolidation of the villages of Igushik and Tuklung. People also migrated from Kulukak, Togiak, and Aleknagik. Igushik is now used as a summer fish camp by many of the residents of Manokotak. School was conducted in a church constructed in 1949 until a school was built in 1958-59. A post office was established in 1960. Trapping has been an attractive lure to the area, although it has declined since the 1960s. The city was incorporated in 1970. Manokotak is the fourth most poplulated village in the Dillingham census area.

Manokotak is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a fishing, trapping, and subsistence lifestyle. The sale, importation,and possession of alcohol is banned in the village.

Governance: Manokotak was incorporated in 1970 and maintains a mayoral form of government. Mayor: Moses Toyukak, Sr.


  • Manokotak is accessible by air and water.
  • Regular and charter flights are available from Dillingham. There is a state-owned 3,300' long by 75' wide lighted gravel airstrip one mile to the north and a designated seaplane base.
  • Lighterage services deliver cargo in summer but must pull up to the mud beach; no docking facilities exist on the Igushik River. The Igushik River consists of tight, broad meandering loops; therefore, many miles of waterway must be traveled to cover a comparably short distance in air miles.
  • ATVs, snowmachines, and some automobiles are used for local travel. The Manokotak trail to Dillingham is used by snow machines during winter to haul fuel.

Education: The Manokotak School is a member of the Southwest Region School District.  It currently enrolls 122 students in preschool through twelfth grade, guided by 12 teachers. Superintendent: David Piazza



City of Manokotak

P.O. Box 170

Manokotak, AK 99628

Mayor - Moses Toyukak, Sr.

(907) 289-1027


Manokotak Natives Limited

P.O. Box 149

Manokotak, AK 99628-0149

President - Michael Alakayak

(907) 289-1062


Manokotak Village Council

P.O. Box 169

Manokotak, AK 99628

President - Wassillie Tugatuk, Sr.

(907) 289-2067


CDQ Group:

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

PO Box 1464

Dillingham, AK 99576-1464

President/CEO – Norman Van Vactor

(907) 842-4370



Manokotak Power Company

PO Box 149

Manokotak, AK 99628

(907) 289-2041



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

Download Manokotak Projects List