St. Nicholas Chapel, Ekuk, Bristol Bay

The St. Nicholas Chapel sits on the shore of Bristol Bay near the village of Ekuk. The population was 2 in the 2010 census. It is inhabited mainly by seasonal fishing families who set gillnets in the nearby waters of the Nushagak Bay for mid-summer runs of sockeye salmon, early season runs of king salmon and late season runs of silver salmon. The chapel is a small single story wood frame building constructed in 1918 or 1919, replacing an earlier church. When originally built it was 16 feet wide and 21 feet long, but the chamber was subsequently lengthened, and is now 34 feet long. If it were not for its modest exterior religious symbols, it might be mistaken for a rural schoolhouse. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Ekuk and the shores of Bristol Bay.