Dillingham is located in Southwestern Alaska at the extreme northern end of Nushagak Bay, at the confluence of the Wood and Nushagak Rivers. It lies 360 miles Southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, which is a one hour, 15 minute trip by air. There are no roads leading to Dillingham. The town is considered a bush Alaska town, with approximately 2,350 year round residents. There are about 30 miles of paved roads and another 30 miles of gravel roads once you get here. The population is approximately 67% Native Alaskan. The slogan for this area is “Nature’s Front Porch.” Come and visit and enjoy an opportunity of a lifetime. The settlement used to be known as Kanakanak or later on as Curyung. It is located on the shores of the Nushagak River and is considered a small transportation, and social life hub. Dillingham is also a center of salmon production, typically from about June 1st until August each year. Commercial fishing occurs about June 10 until July 15th. King Salmon Sport fisherperson camps typically run June 15-July 15th each year. Other fishing and camps typically run from June until September or October.
In September of 2015, the President of the United States, Barack Obama made a visit to Dillingham, Alaska as part of his Alaskan Visit to view Climate Change and to look at our Fishing, meet our Native Leaders, and others. We have many famous people arrive here each summer, to partake of our excellent Fishing and Hunting opportunities. Dillingham is a developing eco-tourism point as it is located near a large national park, Togiak National Wildlife Reguge. The Dillingham area is enjoyed by a lot of people, from every walk of life, some come yearly, some this is their trip of a lifetime. We welcome all visitors to our small town.
Visitors should know that only GCI cell service is available, so unless you are from Alaska, most likely your cell phone won’t work for phone calls here. Satellite Telephones can be rented outside of Dillingham and brought in for your trip, keep in mind they don’t always work well, due to all our Trees, foliage and line of sight.
Internet can be limited or restricted, so once you are here, keep that in mind. We provide limited Internet access with your lodging, excess internet usage may be charged a fee.
We have Vehicle Rentals, mid-size cars, small suv’s, and work trucks for construction type crews. Business Travelers will find a rental vehicle the easiest way to get around. Some summer tourists may prefer to rent a vehicle to get around. Taxis are also available, taxis charge per person in Dillingham.
We do provide Airport Courtesy Shuttle service from the Dillingham (DLG) airport. Located at the Alaska Air Terminal (2 smallish rooms), is a courtesy phone, in the waiting area room, press the Speed Dial #4 on the Phones on the Wall on either side of the sign board. We have 3 courtesy vehicle: 2 White 7 and 9 passenger vans, and one Baby Blue Mini Van which seats 6.
The airlines servicing Dillingham Airport as of April 2020 have changed, Ravn Air is out of business, Alaska Air will by flying in most likely starting mid-Maym, there are charters out of Merrill Field in Anchorage straight to Dillingham and from/to villages, Grant Air, at the Dillingham Airport. There are several air taxis to the villages as well.
All of our lodging and vehicles are non-smoking.
Latitude of Dillingham, AK is 59.09722 Longitude is -158.47504
GPS oordinates of 59 2′ 22.9992 N and 158 27′.0144 W