The community of Chignik, Alaska © AMHS
  • 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.

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Routes available to and from Chignik, Alaska

Service Area

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.