2nd Class City
in the Bethel Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- Eek lies on the south bank of the Eek River, 12 miles east of the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. It is 35 air miles south of Bethel and 420 miles west of Anchorage.
- Eek is located in a marine climate. Annual precipitation averages 22 inches, with an annual average of 43 inches of snowfall. Summer temperatures average 41 to 57 °F; winter temperatures average 6 to 24 °F.
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History and Culture
- The village was originally located on the Apokok River. It moved to its present location in the 1930s when constant flooding and erosion forced a relocation. A BIA school and a Moravian church were constructed at the new site. A post office was established in 1949. The city was incorporated in 1970.
- Eek is a traditional Yup'ik Eskimo village with a subsistence lifestyle and salmon is a dominant food source. All five Pacific salmon species spawn in the Eek River.
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- Native Village of Eek
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Watering Point, School Water, Washeteria, Honeybucket, Electric (AVEC), Refuse, Landfill, Health Clinic, Police, (VPO), and State Funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO), Volunteer Fire, Post Office (Federal Contract), Roads, City Jail, City Office, Community Hall, Bingo, Recreation
- A state-owned gravel airstrip provides chartered and private air access. A seaplane base is also available on the Eek River. Fishing boats, skiffs, and snow machines are used for local transportation to Bethel and other villages. There is a one-mile gravel road in the city. Winter trails are marked to Quinhagak (39 mi), Eek Island (15 mi), Bethel (40 mi), and the Kwethluk River (45 mi). Barges deliver fuel and supplies during the summer months. A dock is available.
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- 2nd Class City