Chignik Area Villages

Chignik FishingThis region is home to some of the finest fresh and saltwater fishing in the world where anglers fish for salmon, halibut, trout, ling cod, black bass, and more. Trophy Brown Bear and Moose taken from the area are listed in the top spots of the Boone and Crockett Club. Wilderness adventures aren’t limited to fishing and hunting. Other popular activities include hiking, kayaking, bear viewing, beach combing, whale watching, clam digging and berry picking.

Characterized by cool summers and warm rainy winters, these five villages are located on the south shore of the Alaska Peninsula, bordering the Pacific Ocean. They are the most difficult villages in the region to reach by air due to their remote locations, frequent high winds, and mountainous surroundings, but are well worth the effort.

Having no land connections to neighboring communities in the region, these villages are accessible only by air and sea. Scheduled daily flights to Chignik, Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake and Perryville are available from King Salmon. Ivanof Bay is accessible only by charter flights. Weekly barge service from Seattle to Chignik is available during the summer and monthly during the winter. The state ferry operates bi-monthly from Kodiak to Chignik between April and October, and is the only community in the region served by the Alaska Marine Highway System. ATVs and skiffs are the most common modes of local transportation.

Commercial fishing and subsistence activities are the mainstays of the economy in this region. Salmon, halibut, black cod, and tanner crab are harvested in the area. The Chignik area is best known for its “Castle Cape Reds” where fishermen use seines and seine boats to harvest salmon bound for Chignik Lake and Black Lake.

Source: Lake & Peninsula Borough

How to Get There

From Anchorage you will need to fly with Alaska Airlines or Peninsula Airways to King Salmon. Grant Aviation services Chignik Bay, Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon and Perryville with daily scheduled flights and charters. Charters can be made to other locations in the area. Cargo service is also available. Reservations can be made by calling (907) 246-3590 or toll free at (855) 246-3590.

For more information download the full printable Visitor Guide and Business Directory
or visit the Lake & Peninsula Borough website.