Kiwalik, Alaska

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Kiwalik
unincorporated community
Kiwalik is located in Alaska
Kiwalik
Kiwalik
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
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Northwest Arctic
Government
 • Borough mayor Reggie Joule[1]
 • State senator Donald Olson (D)
 • State rep. Benjamin Nageak (D)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
GNIS feature ID 1413351[2]

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.

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