2nd Class City
in the Lake and Peninsula Borough
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (HIGH-dun); a.k.a. Meshik
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Port Heiden is 424 miles southwest of Anchorage, at the mouth of the Meshik River, on the north side of the Alaska Peninsula. It lies near the Aniakchak National Preserve and Monument.
- Port Heiden has a maritime climate, with cool summers, relatively warm winters, and rain. Snowfall averages 58 inches per year. January temperatures average 25 °F, and July temperatures average 50 °F.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The old village of Meshik was located at the current site of Port Heiden. Influenza epidemics during the early 1900s forced residents to relocate to other villages. During World War II, Fort Morrow was built nearby and 5,000 personnel were stationed at the base. The fort was closed after the war. A school was established in the early 1950s, which attracted people from surrounding villages. Port Heiden incorporated as a city in 1972. The community relocated inland, because storm waves had eroded much of the old townsite and threatened to destroy community buildings.
- Port Heiden is a traditional Alutiiq community, with a commercial fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Port Heiden
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Spetic Plumbing, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Electric, Rescue, Fuel Sales, Roads, State Funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO)
- The state-owned airport consists of a lighted gravel 5,000' long by 100' wide runway and a 4,000' long by 100' wide lighted gravel crosswind runway. It can accommodate up to Boeing 737 aircraft, and regular air services are provided. The airstrip serves as a point-of-transfer for flights to the Pacific side of the Alaska Peninsula. There is a natural boat harbor but no dock. A boat haul-out, a beach off-loading area, and marine storage facilities are available. Cargo from Seattle is delivered twice yearly by a BIA-chartered barge and is lightered and offloaded on the beach. Autos, ATVs, and snowmachines are the local means of transportation.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District