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Newhalen is located on the north shore of Iliamna Lake at the mouth of Newhalen River, 320 miles southwest of Anchorage. It lies at approximately 59░ 43' N Latitude, 154░ 54' W Longitude (Sec. 28, T005S, R033W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Iliamna Recording District. The area encompasses 34 sq. miles of land and 2 sq. miles of water.

The 1890 census listed the Eskimo village of "Noghelingamiut," meaning "people of Noghelin," at this location. The present name is an anglicized version of the original. The village was established in the late 1800s due to the bountiful fish and game in the immediate area.




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