Bay is on the south bank of the Kun River, one mile from the Bering Sea.
It lies to the north of the 2,300-foot Askinuk Mountains on the
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. It lies at approximately 61░ 50' N Latitude, 165░
35' W Longitude (Sec. 10, T020N, R090W, Seward Meridian). The community
is located in the Bethel Recording District. The area encompasses 1 sq.
miles of land and 0 sq. miles of water.
It was known in Eskimo as "Mariak," and
its residents were called "Mariagamiut." The nearby Bay was named after
Capt. Charles Scammon, who served as the marine chief of the Western
Union Telegraph Expedition from 1856 to 67. The name came into use when
the Scammon Bay post office was established in 1951.