Considered the hub for some of the best commercial fishing in Alaska, Dillingham is truly an angler's paradise and offers more fishing adventures than one might think possible. Located 370 air miles from Anchorage, on Nushagak Bay, an inlet of Bristol Bay, it's an easy flight and very accessible for those wishing to visit.
Dillingham has a population of approximately 2,400 residents. Originally settled by the Yupik Indians, it became a trade center in the late 1800's when the Russians settled there. The Arctic Packing Company began building canneries there in 1883, which was the beginning of the commercial fishing industry for the area. Commercial fishing boomed up through the 1980's and into the 90's, with millions of salmon being harvested each season. Competition from other markets, including fish farms, have made commercial fishing today not the enterprising industry it once was, although it is still the mainstay of the town.
There are many fishing charters, fly-in lodges and tours available from Dillingham. For those wishing to make Dillingham their base while they enjoy a variety of charters or tours, there are bed and breakfasts and local lodges available as well. Hunting is also popular here, with outfitters available to provide all the necessary services. Other activities include dog mushing, snowmachining, cross country skiing and ice fishing. Dillingham isn't much for shopping or fine dining, but there are a few decent restaurants and watering holes, as well as the local Sam Fox Museum for those seeking a bit more information about Dillingham's history.
For more information on visiting Dillingham check out the Dillingham Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Dillingham Activities & Trips, Dillingham Lodging and Dillingham Transportation.
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