Dot Lake Village
in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- The Native Village of Dot Lake is located off the Alaska Highway, 50 miles northwest of Tok and 155 road miles southeast of Fairbanks. It lies south of the Tanana River. The area is divided into two separate communities: the Native Village of Dot Lake and the highway community of Dot Lake.
- Dot Lake Village is located in the continental climatic zone, where winters are cold and summers are warm. In winter, cool air settles in the valley, and ice fog and smoke conditions are common. The average low temperature during December, January, and February is -22 °F. The average high temperature during June, July, and August is 65 °F. Extreme temperatures ranging from a low of -75 to a high of 90 °F have been measured. Average annual precipitation is 9 inches, and average annual snowfall is 27 inches.
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History and Culture
- Archaeological evidence at nearby Healy Lake revealed more than 10,000 years of human habitation. Dot Lake was used as a seasonal hunting camp for Athabascans from George Lake and Tanacross. A Native freight trail ran north to the Yukon River through Northway, Tetlin, Tanacross, and Dot Lake. During construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942-43, a work camp called Sears City occupied Dot Lake's present location. Several local Natives worked on the road project. The Native village was settled by Doris Charles and her family in 1946. Between 1946 and 1950, other families moved permanently to Dot Lake from George Lake, Sam Lake, and the Tanacross area, obtaining homesites or Native allotments. Some of the old work camp structures were converted into homes. In 1971, seven new homes were constructed along the lake. The Dot Lake Native Corporation developed a shareholder's subdivision, consisting of 53 one-acre lots. In 1994 and 1996, nine additional Indian Housing Authority homes were built.
- The Native Village of Dot Lake is a traditional Upper Tanana Athabascan village located two-tenths of a mile southeast of the highway.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Dot Lake lies along the Alaska Highway. Supplies are brought in by truck or bus. Regular bus services to Fairbanks and Delta Junction are available. The nearest public airstrips are at Delta Junction and Tok. Cars, trucks, snow machines, and ATVs are used for local transportation. Dot Lake is not accessible by water, since the Tanana River is over 2 miles away. A few residents own riverboats which they use for fishing and hunting.
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