Goodnews River, Goodnews Bay

Goodnews Bay is a small Alaska Native community located on the north shore of Goodnews Bay at the mouth of the Goodnews River, on Bristol Bay, Alaska. The community has commercial air service and is about 116 miles (187 km) south of Bethel, 110 miles (180 km) northwest of Dillingham and 400 miles (640 km) west of Anchorage. Platinum was first discovered in the Goodnews Bay area in 1926, and supported several small-scale placer mining operations.  In 1937, the Goodnews Bay Mining Company began large-scale commercial operations and continued to mine in the area until 1979.  During this time the company recovered over 500,000 ounces (14,174 kg) of platinum along with small amounts of gold. Learn more about these platinum deposits here. The community has historically been devastated by storms and related flooding which forced the village to relocate to higher ground in the 1920s, however, the new site is still threatened by flooding and increasing erosion rates caused by storm surges. Read more about coastal resilience efforts here. Click here to download the CoastView app explore more of  Goodnews Bay. 

 Goodnews Bay

Goodnews Bay