Kiwalik, Alaska

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Kiwalik is located in Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 66°01′22″N 161°50′31″W / 66.02278°N 161.84194°W / 66.02278; -161.84194Coordinates: 66°01′22″N 161°50′31″W / 66.02278°N 161.84194°W / 66.02278; -161.84194
CountryUnited States
BoroughNorthwest Arctic
 • Borough mayorClement Richards, Sr.
 • State senatorDonny Olson (D)
 • State rep.Dean Westlake (D)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
GNIS feature ID1413351[1]

Kiwalik (sometimes written Keewalik) is an unincorporated community in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located where the Kiwalik River flows into Kotzebue Sound on the Seward Peninsula, 97 km (60 mi) south of Kotzebue.

Kiwalik was once a small community that supported mining operations at Candle, 7 miles away on the Kiwalik River, by Candle Creek. It is now used only by subsistence hunters and travelers who stop to use the public shelter cabin on the public road (Kiwalik-Candle route) to access the graveyard, which is surrounded by private property. The community is now abandoned and dilapidated, filled with rusty hulks, trash and broken down buildings.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[2]

Kiwalik first reported on the 1880 U.S. Census as an unincorporated Inuit village of "Kugalukmute."[3] It did not appear on the census again until 1930, when it reported as "Keewalik." It reported again as Keewalik in 1940. It has not reported separately since.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kiwalik, Alaska
  2. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Geological Survey Professional Paper". 1949.