Ekuk, Alaska

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Ekuk, Alaska
Skyline of Ekuk, Alaska
Coordinates: 58°48′12″N 158°33′34″W / 58.80333°N 158.55944°W / 58.80333; -158.55944Coordinates: 58°48′12″N 158°33′34″W / 58.80333°N 158.55944°W / 58.80333; -158.55944
 • Total 12 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
 • Land 12 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
 • Water 0 km2 (0.0 sq mi)
Time zone AKST (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Website State of Alaska: Ekuk
72 housing units

Ekuk (Yup'ik Iquk[1]) is a small unincorporated community in the Dillingham Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Until 2002 it was the site of a large fish processing operation owned by Wards Cove Packing Company. Currently, it is inhabited mainly by seasonal fishing families who set gillnet 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.

Located 15 miles southeast of Dillingham, Ekuk is accessible only by sea or by air.

Located in Southwest Alaska on the shores of Bristol Bay (and the Bering Sea), the nearby terrain is covered with tundra with few trees or shubbery.

In an episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska, former Governor Sarah Palin visited relatives of her husband, former First Gentleman Todd Palin, at their fishing camp in Ekuk. It is widely considered in the local commercial fishing community that this beach produces the highest quality commercially harvested salmon in the Bristol Bay and possibly in the whole State. This is due to high standards set by its set net fishermen and a strong seasonal migration every summer.


  1. ^ Jacobson, Steven A. (2012). Yup'ik Eskimo Dictionary, 2nd edition. Alaska Native Language Center.

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