Griffin Point Fish Camp, Beaufort Sea


Griffin Point Fish Camp, Beaufort Sea

by | Jun 28, 2018

Griffin Point, also called Uqsruqtalik, is about 240 miles (387 km) west-northwest of Tuktoyuktuk and 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Kaktovik, Alaska. The point connects the mainland to a barrier spit in the Beaufort Sea. Uqsruqtalik means “place where there is oil on top of the ground”.

Griffin Point is the site of an old village which was in existence in 1918 when Archdeacon Hudson Stuck and his party stopped here. Stuck was an early explorer of Alaska, a British native who became an Episcopal priest, social reformer, and mountain climber. He and Harry P. Karstens co-led the first expedition to successfully climb Denali in June 1913. The Norwegian trapper John Olsen later built a trading post at Uqsruqtalik. Sometime in the mid-1930s, Fred and Dorothy Gordon, who had used Uqsruqtalik as a summer fish camp, began living here with their family year-round.

Uqsruqtalik is one of Kaktovik’s most popular summer camps, used every July and August to fish and to hunt seal, ugruk (bearded seal), caribou, black brant, and small game. Read more here and here. Explore more of Uqsruqtalik and Griffin Point here:

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