Igiugig Village (Igyararmiut) is a small village, population 71 (as of 2000) located in southwestern Alaska, on the south bank of the mouth of the Kvichak River and Lake Iliamna. The village is 48 miles southwest of Iliamna, Alaska and 56 miles northeast of King Salmon, Alaska. The Village's population consists mainly of Yup'ik Eskimos, Aleuts, and Athabascan Indians. The word Igiugig means "Like a throat that swallows water" in the Yup'ik language - a name clearly derived from the location of the Village right at the mouth where Lake Illiamna feeds the Kvichak River.
The Lake Iliamna/Kvichak River water system is renowned for having the best sportfishing in all of Alaska. July sees phenomenal runs of sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay up the Kvichak River, and August and September are prime times for fishing in the only designated Trophy Rainbow Trout area in Alaska, where Rainbows grow in excess of 30 inches. September is also prime time for hunting caribou or ptarmigan.
All Igyararmiut (people of Igiugig) engage in the subsistence way of life and rely on salmon as a main food source. Igiugig is committed to clean energy and sustainability in keeping with its Yup’ik cultural values – it is the first Alaskan Village to use hydrokinetic power in the Kvichak River. Igiugig’s five-star school, zero crime rate, greenhouse, and recycling program have contributed to its reputation as Alaska’s cleanest rural village.
Being home to 71 people, Igiugig is a community with strong educational values, elder respect, and people with strong wills. Located on the sloping banks of the Kvichak River, Igiugig is a prime site for subsistence fishing and hunting, tourism, and travel.