Dillingham, also known as Curyung and (for the southwestern section) Kanakanak, is a city in Dillingham Census Area, Alaska, United States. As of 2008 the population of the city is estimated to be 2,347 by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Dillingham is on Nushagak Bay at the confluence of the Nushagak River, an inlet of Bristol Bay, an arm of the Bering Sea in the North Pacific, in southwestern Alaska.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.7 square miles. 33.6 square miles of it is land and 2.1 square miles of it (5.93%) is water.
Dillingham has no roads from the Alaska Highway, therefore the only way to reach Dillingham is by plane or sea. Dillingham was once known as the Pacific salmon capital of the world and commercial fishing remains an important part of the local economy. Dillingham is an important gateway to many eco-tourism opportunities, including the Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the United States known for its fishing spots.