Chignik Travel Guide

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Chignik Things to Do

  • Humpys swimming upstream

    What in the world are you looking at in this picture? If you look carefully (or enlarge the picture) you will see the salmon swimming in the stream. This is a fascinating migration to watch. The river is full of fish fighting their way up to the spawning grounds. I can watch them for hours. There is a lot going on, fish fighting for position,...

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  • Castle Cape

    Castle Cape presents a beautiful entrance to Chignik. If the for is down, you can miss this sight in the morning, but be sure to look for it on your way in, and your way out. You will get another chance if you book the round trip out to Dutch Harbor.If you wonder how it got its name, take a look at the picture.

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  • A Fishing Village

    Check out this old anchor just off the pier. These old anchors can be found in many villages, and are very beautiful remnants of a time when wooden ships sailed in these waters. Beautiful! you may say, seeing the rusted iron and wormy wood, but yes! they are beautiful for what they are.

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  • Send a postcard

    Chignik has a purple post office. Stop and mail your postcards for a unique postmark "Chignik, AK 99564" and say "Hi" to Sonya the postmaster.As a postal worker, I like to visit the smaller offices and collect the postmarks. Anyone can get postmarks from Anchorage, so take advantage of your opportunities.

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  • Salmon Stream --several bridges

    If you go to Chignik in late summer. See the "Humpys" swim upstream to the spawning grounds. You can look from the road bridge or this pretty foot bridge. It looks like it is in need of some repairs, but it seemed stable enough. We had to leave the road on a small footpath to get to this bridge but you get a view that is less crowded.Do not be...

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  • Pretty views right off the road

    A meandering stream in the tall grass on one side of the road makes the village build on the other side of the road, and means you have a view of the harbor and this field. A peaceful setting, and a wonderful place to contemplate what is good in life.In Alaska, people are the intruders on the landscape, and rather than bulldoze nature out of...

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Chignik Restaurants

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    by kaloz Written Sep 9, 2003

    Chignik boasts a fine bakery, but they only stay open until they run out of dough. When we got there, they had closed two days before (ugh).
    The villagers flock down to the pier when the ferry comes in to get a "McTusty with fries" Since there are no fast food places in the village, this is the only source of "junk food".

    Just shows what you will do for variety.

    Favorite Dish: "McTusty" with fries. I guess it is a diversion from a steady diet of fresh from the sea.

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Chignik Nightlife

  • Bar with the Best View

    The Lounge on board the Tustemena has very limited hours: noon till two, and six till nine in the evening, so be sure to plan accordingly. Having a limited choice of drinks and even fewer seats, it does have a great view out the window, we even saw whales. Here is our group from the solarium deck enjoying an "Alaskan Amber" in the lounge.Pete,...

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  • Make your own fun -- "Strip" Cribbage

    On the cruise out to the villages, there is a lot of time, so you should bring some diversions. Cribbage is a popular passtime on board a boat. If you don't know how to play, there is always someone willing to teach you (at a quarter a point). There are lots of ways to score, and when I first learned, I thought that it must have been invented by...

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Chignik Transportation

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    by kaloz Written Sep 9, 2003

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    Once a month from April through October the Alaska Marine Highway takes a cruise out to Dutch Harbor/Unalaska. You make short stops in several villages, including Chignik.
    If you want to spend more time in Chignik to explore the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge, Aniakchak National Park (the least visited National Park), Mt Veniaminof, you can book in and out of Chignik and spent the weekend.

    Nate & Amber on the Solarium Deck
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Chignik Warnings and Dangers

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    by kaloz Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    The Fueling station on the pier.
    The pier is forked, with one side for passengers, and the other for fuel. This is a good arrangement, as it cuts the risk of fire. It is not a good idea to smoke on either side of the pier as it is made of wood.
    I did like this picture of the fueling dock, and it shows the utilitarian structures common to working villages. Typical Alaska.

    Fueling Station
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Chignik What to Pack

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    by kaloz Written Sep 9, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I like to travel light, if I can't carry it, I don't need it. My luggage is my rucksack (backpack)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Deck Shoes for on board ship, and rubber boots (Xtratufs -- if you want to be authentic). Hooded Sweatshirts are popular, and a rain shell.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a towel, soap, and shower shoes for the public facilities

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film! I mean lots!! If you have a fancy camera, some protection from the salt air is a good idea. Lenses: wide angle for the vistas, telephoto for birds and wildlife.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: bedroll and sleeping bag. Tent is optional.

    Miscellaneous: Sunglasses, and a cribbage board.

    Nate, breakfast in bed
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