Place:Iliamna, Lake and Peninsula, Alaska, United States


TypeCensus-designated place
Coordinates59.765°N 154.84°W
Located inLake and Peninsula, Alaska, United States

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Iliamna (Dena'ina: Illiamna) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 109 at the 2010 census.


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Iliamna was originally the name of an Athabaskan village at the point where the Iliamna River flows into Iliamna Lake, about from present-day Iliamna. That site is now called "Old Iliamna." In 1935, the residents of Old Iliamna moved to the present-day location.

The first sport fishing lodge in Iliamna was built in the 1930s and the second was built in the 1950s. Many more were built in the later 1900s. Iliamna's economy has two main elements: subsistence fishing and hunting and sport fishing lodges. Year-round residents largely pursue subsistence activities while summer workers from other areas work in the lodges.

At present, Iliamna faces the prospect of developing into a mining town, as several multi-national companies have plans to develop the area north west of the village into one of North America's largest gold-copper-molybdenum mines. The first company to submit plans to the State of Alaska is Northern Dynasty Minerals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunter Dickinson. The Lake and Peninsula Borough, the governing body for the region, passed a strong resolution in support of the development of the mine, but the majority of the surrounding villages adamantly oppose the development. Two non-profit organizations are heading up the fight against open-pit mining in the Bristol Bay watershed - the Bristol Bay Alliance and the Renewable Resources Coalition. A study concluded in 2006 indicated that the majority of Alaskans were opposed to the development.

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