Chignik Lagoon, Alaska Peninsula

Chignik Lagoon is a very remote Alaska Native village, with a population of about 70 year-round residents, located 400 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Pacific Ocean side of the Alaska Peninsula. Chignik Lagoon is one of the three separate Chignik villages, the others are Chignik Bay and Chignik Lake. The only access to all three villages is by water or air transportation. Chignik Lagoon took its name from the Aleut word for "big wind." The Chignik area was originally populated by Kanaigmuit Eskimos. The people were sea-dependent, living on otter, sea lion, porpoise, and whale. During the Russian fur boom from 1767 to 1783, the sea otter population was decimated, and diseases and warfare reduced the Native population to less than half its former size. The commercial salmon industry introduced European immigrants into the area in the 19th century. The area now has 4th generation Scandinavian and European Russian Aleut mix. he local economy is still largely based on commercial fishing for Pacific Cod, halibut, and salmon. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Chignik Lagoon.