Lake is located 6 miles off the Tok-Slana Cutoff of the Glenn Highway on
the west side of Mentasta Pass, 38 miles southwest of Tok Junction. It
lies at approximately 62░ 54' N Latitude, 143░ 45' W Longitude (Sec. 07,
T013N, R009E, Copper River Meridian). The community is located in the
Chitina Recording District. The area encompasses 78 sq. miles of land
and 2 sq. miles of water.
The area is reported to have been the
best-known route of Native immigration across the Alaska Range. Early
village settlements have been located at various sites around the lake.
The families that presently reside in Mentasta Lake come from Nabesna,
Suslota, Slana and other villages within the area. The U.S. Army Signal
Corps established a telegraph station at Mentasta Pass in 1902. A post
office was established at the village in 1947, but was discontinued in