“The community here is so incredibly supportive, and our contacts often facilitate introductions to potential partners or resources that elevate our program.” – Program Staff
McGrath is located adjacent to the Kuskokwim River, directly south of its confluence with the Takotna River, and 221 miles northwest of Anchorage. Falling within the continental climate zone, McGrath is characterized by extreme temperature differences of extremely cold winters and warm summers. The current population is 310 (2018).
McGrath, traditionally Tochak’ (Upper Kuskokwim), was a seasonal Upper Kuskokwim Athabascan village that was used as a meeting/trading place for Big River, Nikolai, Telida, and Lake Minchumina residents. As a regional center, McGrath offers a variety of employment opportunities, but subsistence remains an important part of the local culture.