in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (tah koat' nuh)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Mt. McKinley
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- Takotna is located in Interior Alaska on the north bank of the Takotna River in a broad scenic river valley, 17 air miles west of McGrath in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains.
- Takotna has a cold, continental climate. Summer temperatures average 42 to 80 °F, and winter temperatures range from -42 to 0 °F. The Takotna River is generally ice-free from June through October.
- Community Map Available
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Takotna has been known as Berry Landing, Portage City, Takotna City, Takotna Station, and Tocotna. In 1908, merchants in Bethel hired Arthur Berry to bring supplies up the Takotna River. The village was founded at the farthest point on the river Berry's small sternwheeler was able to reach. By 1912, the community had several stores that supplied miners. Gold discoveries in the upper Innoko Region enabled the town to prosper. By 1919, there were several commercial companies, roadhouses, a post office, and about 50 houses. In 1921 the Alaska Road Commission improved the Takotna-Ophir road, and an airfield was constructed. In 1923 a radio station began broadcasting in Takotna, and the town had its own newspaper, The Kusko Times. Low waters at times precluded the arrival of steamboats, so the Takotna-Sterling Landing road was constructed to the Kuskokwim River in 1930. During the 1930s, however, McGrath became the more dominant supply center, and the ACC store closed. In 1949, construction was begun on nearby Tatalina Air Force Station. It was the site of a White Alice communications system, but operations were phased out during the 1980s.
- Takotna is a mixed population of non-Natives, Ingalik Athabascans, and Eskimos. Subsistence is a prevalent activity.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Takotna Village
- Local Option Restrictions
- Sale of alcohol is banned.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Access to Takotna is by air or water. There is a state-owned gravel airstrip and a gravel runway at Tatalina Air Force Station ten miles southeast of town. Cargo is offloaded at Sterling Landing, 24 miles southeast of Takotna. The community has 80 miles of local roads that connect with Tatalina AFS, Sterling Landing, and existing mines. A winter trail is marked to McGrath (20 mi). It is a check point for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District