Kiana Travel Guide

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Kiana Overview

Kiana is a small fishing village with a population of about five hundred and is situated on the Kobuk River about a hundred miles Northeast from Kotzebue. The name Kiana derives from an old Eskimo word meaning 'three rivers.' Two branches of the Kobuk reconnect here, after splitting seven miles upstream, to join the Squirrel River which flows in from the Baird Mountains to the North.

Besides a K-12 school and small Medical Center the town offers a U.S. Post Office and two general stores: The Kiana Trading Post and Lee's Sea-Air Trading Post. Accommodation can be pre-arranged for the Arctic Alaska's Kiana Lodge which is a 10 minute boat ride away in summer, or 10 minutes by snow-machine in winter.

Kiana would be a supply stop for anyone canoeing or kayaking from Ambler, 100 miles up the Kobuk River. Also, a long gravel airstrip provides a link to Kotzebue or to the remote frontiers of either the Baird Mountains or the Kobuk River valley. Hunting big game, fishing the flourishing rivers, or just watching the annual caribou migration, Kiana is the gateway.