Portage Creek is an unincorporated area within the Dillingham Census Area.   Portage Creek is located at the mouth of Portage Creek, a tributary of the Nushagak River, 29 miles southeast of Dillingham.

This site was used by the Yup'ik Eskimos as an overnight summer camp. Portage Creek was so named because it was used to portage boats from the Nushagak River to the Kvichak River. In this way, travelers could avoid the open waters of Bristol Bay and the long trip around Etolin Point. The village was permanently settled in 1961 by some families from Koliganek and other villages up the Nushagak River. A BIA school was established in 1963, and, during the winter of 1964-65, 11 families lived in Portage Creek. In 1965 the village was served by a local, scheduled air carrier. Through the mid-1980s, Portage Creek was an active community, but the population has since declined.

The village is a popular recreational fishing and camping site from May through July and a hunting location for Yup'ik residents.

Governance: Portage Creek was incorporated in 1970 and maintains a mayoral form of government. Regular elections are held the first Tuesday in October.  Mayor: Randy Hastings


  • Chartered air transport is most frequently used to reach Portage Creek, though skiffs are used locally. There is a state-owned 1,470' long by 60' wide gravel airstrip, maintained only during summer months, and seaplanes may land on the Nushagak River.
  • Cargo goods are lightered to the beach, since there are no docking facilities.
  • Snow machines are used for winter travel.

Education: There are no schools located directly in Portage Creek



Portage Creek Village Council

P.O. Box PCA

Portage Creek, AK 99576

President - Charlie Johnson

(907) 842-2564


Portage Creek Association

C/O Choggiung

Portage Creek, AK 99576

CEO - Maryanne Johnson

(907) 842-5218


CDQ Group:

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

PO Box 1464

Dillingham, AK 99576-1464

President/CEO – Norman Van Vactor

(907) 842-4370



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

Download Portage Creek Projects List