Chignik | (CHG) | chig' nick
"Home to Castle Cape"
The City of Chignik is located on Anchorage Bay on the south shore of the Alaska Peninsula. It is 138 nautical miles from Sand Point, 249 nautical miles from Kodiak and 385 nautical miles from Homer. Where the ferry docks is at one of two canneries on its first stop of the run out the Aleutian Chain. Like the other Aleutian Island communities, Chignik provides a fishing lifestyle for its residents in a rugged but beautiful environment. Just outside Chignik the shoreline views are spectacular, ranging from steep rock cliffs and high jagged outcrops to waterfalls and green hills. You'll pass Castle Cape at the entrance to Chignik and be sure to watch for Veniaminof Volcano on the mainland. Although visitor services are not available, the brief visit afforded by the ferry stop is just long enough for a walk through town.
- Chignik, meaning "big wind," was established in the late 1800s as a fishing village and cannery.
- Chignik is actually three villages: Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon and Chignik Bay.
- Benny Benson, the famous designer of the Alaska flag was born in Chignik.
- Residents depend on subsistence foods, including salmon, trout, crab, clams, caribou and moose.
- Two fish processing plants operate in Chignik.
- ATVs and skiffs are the primary means of local transportation.
- A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community – the Chignik Bay Tribal Council.
Chignik is located on the Aleutian Chain ferry route which provides service from Homer to Unalaska every other week from May through September. It takes a day and a half to travel between Chignik and Homer. It is a nine-and-a-half-hour ferry ride to get to the nearby community of Sand Point or eighteen hours and forty five minutes to get to Kodiak. Explore this community on a 9 Day Aleutian Islands Adventure.