The only road from Dillingham leads to Lake Aleknagik, so tourists must reach the town via plane from Anchorage. During the summer, Pen Air and Alaska Airlines offer daily flights. To reach other destinations in the region, air taxis and float planes are available for hire in Dillingham.
When to Go
July and August make up the peak tourist season in Alaska, and sportfishers flock to Dillingham during these months. For less crowds and lower prices, consider visiting in May, June or September.
Originally settled by the Yup'ik people, the town become a Russian trading post in 1818. When the United States bought Alaska in 1881, the salmon industry started to flourish. Now Dilingham is a center for commercial and sport fishing.
Dillingham serves as a gateway for Wood-Tikchik State Park, the 4.7 million-acre Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and Walrus Island State Game Sanctuary. Hiking, trekking, bird watching, wildlife watching and fishing opportunities abound. A 23-mile gravel road connects Dillingham with Lake Aleknagik and its free campground at the state recreational site.
Arts & Culture
Learn more about traditional Alaskan crafts at the Samuel K. Fox Museum in Dillingham. Crafts local to the area include basketry, ivory carving and doll making.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.