Return to Home 
Research Center Directory 
 



 

 

 

Chefornak
 

 

Chefornak is located on the south bank of the Kinia River, at its junction with the Keguk River, in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The village lies within the Clarence Rhode National Wildlife Refuge, established for migratory waterfowl protection. Chefornak is 98 air miles southwest of Bethel and 490 miles southwest of Anchorage. It lies at approximately 60░ 13' N Latitude, 164░ 12' W Longitude (Sec. 19, T001N, R086W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Bethel Recording District. The area encompasses 32 sq. miles of land and 4 sq. miles of water.

The area has historically been occupied by Yup'ik Eskimos. In the early 1950s, Alexie Amagiqchik founded a small general store at the site. He had moved from a village on the Bering Sea to the new location one mile inland to escape potential floodwaters. Others from the original village followed and settled in Chefornak.

 

 



 


ęCopyright 2014 Alaska Trails to the Past All Rights Reserved
For more information contact the Webmistress