Togiak is a second class city in the Dillingham Census Area.  Togiak is located at the head of Togiak Bay, 67 miles west of Dillingham. It lies in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and is the gateway to Walrus Island Game Sanctuary.

In 1880 "Old Togiak" or "Togiagamute" was located across the bay and had a population of 276. Heavy winter snowfalls made wood-gathering difficult at Old Togiak, so gradually people settled at a new site on the opposite shore, where the task was easier. Many residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region migrated south to the Togiak area after the devastating influenza epidemic in 1918-19. A school was established in an old church in 1950. A school building and a National Guard armory were constructed in 1959. Togiak was flooded in 1964, and many fish racks and stores of gas, fuel oil, and stove oil were destroyed. Three or four households left Togiak after the flood and developed the village of Twin Hills upriver. The city government was incorporated in 1969.

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

Governance: Togiak was incorporated in 1970 and maintains a mayoral form of government.  Regular elections are held the first Tuesday in October. Mayor: Teoa Pauk

Infrastructure:

  • A state-owned 4,400' long by 75' wide lighted gravel airstrip with a 981' long by 59' wide crosswind airstrip is available. Scheduled and chartered flights are dispatched from Dillingham.
  • Freight is brought in by air or barge and lightered to shore.
  • There are no docking facilities.
  • Skiffs, autos, ATVs, and snow machines are used for local transportation.

Education: The Togiak School is a member of the Southwest Region School District. The school currently enrolls 224 students from preschool through twelfth grade, guided by 17 teachers.  Superintendent: David Piazza

 

Contacts:

City of Togiak

P.O. Box 190

Togiak, AK 99678

Mayor - Teoa Pauk

(907) 493-5820

 

Togiak Natives Corporation

P.O. Box 150

Togiak, AK 99678

President - Stanley Active, Jr.

(907) 493-5520

 

Togiak Traditional Council

P.O. Box 310

Togiak, AK 99678

President - Jimmy Coopchiak

(907) 493-5004

 

CDQ Group:

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

PO Box 1464

Dillingham, AK 99576-1464

President/CEO – Norman Van Vactor

(907) 842-4370

 

Utilities:

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative

4831 Eagle Street

Anchorage, AK 99503

CEO - Meera Kohler

(907) 561-1818

 

Projects:

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

Download Togiak Projects List