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Welcome to Dillingham, Alaska
Dillingham is a "Bush" Fishing Village. It is the gateway city to the Tikchik State Park, which is the largest State Park in the nation today. We are the Sockeye Salmon Capitol. This is the primary income for the city, as commercial fishermen, along with the sports fishermen that come to the many lodges, inn's, and Bed & Breakfasts. Tourism and Eco-Tourism is on the rise in Dillingham.
the Wood-Tickchik State Park area, the largest in the nation has much to offer the Fishing - Hunting - Sightseeing with now Eco-tours being adapted to our areas here. There is an activitiy to be enjoyed at all times of the year here, with now many Bed & Breakfast Inn's to accommodate the Visitor - also car rentals, snow machine rentals, etc. etc. Enjoying all that Dillingham's Picture Paradise has to offer the World for a once in a lifetime ALaskan experience!
Here is a big list of wonderful things to see and do around Dillingham. You'll need to stay longer just to get to all of them...and there are more!
Beaver Round Up Days - Last week in February - whole week of city wide activities, for the whole family - with a float parade to bring all out!
Nushagak Dog Sled Race.....usually around First week in March!
Blessing of the Fleet: Around June 1st, with barbecue, festivities to bless the fleet on a safe journey out to sea.
No See Um Festival, usually in last week of July or early August.....a street fair festival of all sorts of arts n crafts, that fill our Main street with booths & fun activities!
Tour Sam Fox Museum, a complete & most interesting feature for Visitors to check out, with a musuem of this world renowned Carver Artist - who was tragically killed. The musuem is named in his honor, with many of his art works, along with a museum of lots of donated artifacts of Eskimo heritage - clothing, carvings, historical pictures, with lots of other old arifacts in ART. Very, very interesting place to visit while here!
P.O. Box 273
Dillingham, AK 99576
The ole cemeterys give an insight to the past folks during the back days of that influenza onset that nearly destroyed all, with so many young on the gravesites. It is a most interesting look into the past!
Visiting the many Beaches, at low tides, to see the 100's of subsistence Nets to catch the Famous Sockeye Salmon & King Salmon in the nets, right there at your walking footsteps & see how they haul in the nets by hand & pick the many fish! This is just another interesting sight to view while here in Dillingham. We also have many walking paths along the area, to view the Boat Harbor, or just bicycle along the paths! The scenic route to Lake Aleganik is a gorgeous drive, about 21 miles of road, right to the Lake front. An offset road from there, at about 16 miles, is the road to Snake Lake - another gorgeous site to see, where you can see Moose walking about in the areas, or a Bear or two. Amazing untouched road area to that lake!
If hiking or going on foot anywhere into these areas, we suggest a Bear warning sheet of information, to pick up at the local Fish & Wildlife office, to insure safety to all who enjoy hikes, walks or bicycling into these areas. We have not no incidences of anyone being hurt here, but these classes and/or information packet is of great interest to have with a traveler into the wilderness areas!
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Economy & Industry
Commercial fishing, fish processing, cold storage and support of the fishing industry. 294 residents hold commercial fishing permits though fishing is not as important in the economy as it once was. Tourism is fast becoming a major portion of the economy with the spring and summer population doubling. Dillingham is also a regional center for government in this area.
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The number of housing units was:
1990 - 851
2000 - 1,000
Median household income:
2000 - $ 51,458
2005 - $ 51,100
Median house value:
2000 - $ 130,400
2005 - $ 150,400
Dillingham is located in the Alaska Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.