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Chenega Bay

Chenega Bay

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Chenega Bay



Current Population:              83   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:              Unincorporated

Located In:                           Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Taxes:                                   No taxing authority




Location and Climate

Chenega Bay is located on Evans Island at Crab Bay, 42 miles southeast of Whittier in Prince William Sound. It is 104 air miles southeast of Anchorage and 50 miles east of Seward. The community lies at approximately 60.065710° North Latitude and -148.010380° West Longitude. (Sec. 24, T001S, R008E, Seward Meridian.)   Chenega Bay is located in the Valdez Recording District.

Winter temperatures range from 17 to 28 °F. Summer temperatures range 49 to 63 °F. Average annual precipitation includes 66 inches of rain and 80 inches of snowfall.


History, Culture and Demographics

The name of this Alutiiq village was first reported by Ivan Petroff in the 1880 Census. At that time, the village was located on the southern tip of Chenega Island. A post office was established in 1946. Tsunamis destroyed the village was destroyed and killed over half of all residents in the sound after the 1964 Earthquake. The village was reestablished twenty years later on Evans Island, at the site of the former Crab Bay herring saltery. In the summer of 1984, 21 homes, an office building, community hall, school, 2 teacher's houses, a church, and community store were constructed.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Native Village of Chenega. Chenega Bay is an Alutiiq community practicing a subsistence and commercial fishing lifestyle.

According to Census 2010, there were 51 housing units in the community and 31 were occupied. Its population was 52.6 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 39.5 percent white; 7.9 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 2.6 percent of the population was of Hispanic descent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

A surface water collection system with a dam, treatment center, and storage capacity of 50,000 gallons allows for piped distribution to all 25 homes in Chenega. Water treatment/storage improvements and a groundwater well source are needed; the community has periodic boil water notices. Sewage is piped to a 20,000-gallon community septic tank; some homes use individual septic tanks. Refuse collection services are provided. An oil and hazardous waste recycling center is available. Electricity is provided by Chenega Bay IRA Village Council. There is one school located in the community, attended by 24 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Arch Priest Nicholas Kompkoff Clinic.  This Clinic is a Primary Health Care facility. Chenega is an isolated location it is part of the Southern EMS Region. Emergency Services have coastal and helicopter access. Emergency service is provided by volunteers and a health aide.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Chenega Bay Emergency Medical Services (907-573-5129).



Commercial fishing, a small oyster farming operation, and subsistence activities occur in Chenega. Cash employment opportunities are limited.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 381 residents as employed. The public sector employed 36.8%1 of all workers. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 37.7%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $46,458 (MOE +/-$26,558)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $26,092 (MOE +/-$15,192)1




Chenega has a small boat harbor and dock. A 3,000' long by 75' wide gravel runway and float plane landing area are available. Scheduled and chartered flights depart from Cordova, Valdez, Anchorage, and Seward. In 1996, the Alsaka Marine Highway began "whistle-stop" service.

Organizations with Local Offices

Electric Utility - Native Village of Chenega
P.O. Box 8079
Chenega Bay, AK 99574-8079
Phone 907-573-5132
Fax 907-573-5120

Tribe - federally recognized - Native Village of Chenega
P.O. Box 8079
Chenega Bay, AK 99574-8079
Phone 907-573-5132
Fax 907-573-5120

Village Corporation - The Chenega Corporation
3000 C St, Suite 301
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-277-5706
Fax 907-277-5700


Regional Organizations

School District - Chugach School District
9312 Vanguard Drive, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99507-5355
Phone 907-522-7400
Fax 907-522-3399

Regional Native Corporation - Chugach Alaska Corporation
3800 Centerpoint Drive
Anchorage, AK 99503-4396
Phone 907-561-2668
Fax 907-562-5258

Regional Native Health Corporation - Chugachmiut
1840 Bragaw Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99508-3463
Phone 907-562-4155
Fax 907-563-2891

Native Housing Authority - North Pacific Rim Housing Authority
8300 King Street
Anchorage, AK 99518
Phone 907-562-1444
Fax 907-562-1445

Regional Development - Prince William Sound Economic Development District
2207 Spenard Road, Suite 207
Anchorage,  99503
Phone 907-222-2440
Fax 907-222-2411


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