The History of Kongiganak

Kongiganak is located on the west shore of Kuskokwim Bay, west of the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. It lies 70 miles southwest of Bethel and 451 miles west of Anchorage. It lies at approximately 59 52' N Latitude, 163 02' W Longitude (Sec. 33, T002S, R079W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Bethel Recording District. The area encompasses 11 sq. miles of land and 1 sq. miles of water.

The area has been occupied historically by Yup'ik Eskimos. The village was permanently settled in the late 1960s by former residents of Kwigillingok, who were seeking higher ground to escape periodic flooding.


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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development